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Native Bees and Native Plants: Pollination for the People!
Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 11:00 am — 2:00 pm
The Institute of Urban Homesteading | North Oakland, CA
This is an introduction to pollination ecology, the wild world of bees and pollinator friendly gardening for folks who are curious and want to nurture an awareness for these beloved hardworking critters. There are over 25,000 species of bees worldwide, 4000 in the US and 1000 in California. We will learn about the lifecycles and biology of honey bees and native bees, the differences between the two, the special relationship between bees and flowers and what you can provide to support more bee and insect life in your garden. We learn to how to tell the difference between a bee, a wasp and a fly and how to identify a few of our local native bees. We will also introduce the idea of api-centric beekeeping and offer possibilities for more natural beekeeping with alternative hive systems and without chemicals or pharmaceuticals.. Given enough time we will touch on beekeeping equipment and strategies, learn how to provide habitat for native bees, observe both honey bees and native bees at work, taste honey and get the lowdown on Colony Collapse Disorder.Visit Event Website >>
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