Keeping an area of natural growth, with indigenous plants, flowers, rock bed formations, pebbles and some water supply is an excellent strategy in providing foraging areas for native bees. This beautiful natural landscape in Gilroy, California is a hub for #pollination and native bee activity. Learn more about what you can do to reverse the decline by enrolling in the #PollinatorProtector Certificate Course edu.pollinatorcentral.com #getoutside#landscapephotography#fall#savethebees @ashleighmaraw @beecity_canada @3104dw
Apple Orchard in Texas
Last week we took the girls to an apple orchard. I highly recommend this field trip. Henrietta Creek Apple Orchard was fantastic! Sue has been educating children (and adults) for 20 years at her farm. Once a working farm, now it is solely an educational experience for all who visit. Regardless of where you live, search for farms in your area that are open to the public and provide learning experiences. Sue and her staff spent almost two hours walking groups around the farm. They taught each life science concept that are state and national requirements for grades k through 6. They explained parts of a plant, photosynthesis, predators and prey, pollination, life cycles of several insects, and ecosystems. They spent time walking us through the different gardens- vegetable and fruit, herb, and butterfly (pollinator). They had a worm garden. They had chickens and a duck. And, of course, they had apple trees. The tour ended with an explanation of how apples are picked and washed. Then naturally, we found ourselves drinking apple juice and shopping her apple products. A jar of Henrietta Creek Apple Orchard’s Apple Butter somehow made it into our hands and into our car.😉 I am amazed at how much my almost 4 year old remembered from this field trip. Here are my recommendations. Do not take a child younger than 4 year of age. (My oldest is almost 4 and she loved it. My 2 1/2 old did as we both expected.) Do not bring younger siblings unless they are infants and will sleep the whole time or do as we did and designate an adult to entertain the younger sibling the entire time. Dress them in shoes that can get dirty and are not open because of ants. (Our goulashes were perfect!) #apples#appleorchard#farm#henrietta#henriettaappleorchard#fieldtrip#education#partsofaplant#photosynthesis#predators#prey#pollination#bees#honeybees#lifecycles#ecosystems#vegetablegardens#fruitgardens#butterflygarden#herbgarden#worms#appletrees#applebutter#applejuice#applecider
Orange Nectar Bat feeding on banana flower.
Pollination is a very complex phenomena what involves a huge array of creatures, from the delicate butterflies and moths, the extremely important bees, the fast flying hummingbirds but also the fascinating flying mammals; bats! Whose long snouts and tongues can reach into the flower for its nectar.
Thanks to my friend and colleague Edwin Castillo @ed_crepo for the heads up and inviting me to photograph this beauty at his property!
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DID YOU KNOW ?- We need bees. We may take them and other pollinators like butterflies and hoverflies for granted - but they are vital for stable, healthy food supplies.
They are key to the varied, colourful and nutritious diets we need and have come to expect.
Bees are perfectly adapted to pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so keep the cycle of life turning.
The vast majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination, especially by bees: from almonds and vanilla and apples to squashes. Bees also pollinate around 80% of wildflowers.
Our countryside would be far less interesting and beautiful without them.
But bees are in trouble :( There is growing public and political concern at bee decline across the world. This decline is caused by a combination of stresses - from loss of their habitat and food sources to exposure to pesticides and the effects of climate change.
More than ever before, we need to recognise the importance of bees to nature and to our lives. And we need to turn that into action to ensure they don't just survive but thrive.