The Queen Bee and the Dutchman’s Breeches

The season of spring ephemerals is in the brief moment between the early thaw of spring and the moment in which the trees unfurl their leaves.  The Dutchman’s breeches is one of these woodland species that takes advantage of this window of opportunity when there is abundant sunlight on the forest floor and the days are warm enough for native pollinators to take flight.  The … Continue reading The Queen Bee and the Dutchman’s Breeches

Early Spring Blooms Abuzz with Action

Early spring is a great time to begin searching for native bees and other pollinators of the Hudson Valley.   The first warm sunny days of March awaken the dormant flowers of the pussy willow, red maple and spicebush.  These three native woody plants, abuzz with activity, all thrive in or near wetlands and are an oasis of nectar and pollen that usher in a season … Continue reading Early Spring Blooms Abuzz with Action

Small Mining Bee’s Active in Early Spring

In January, we can only imagine springtime flowers as if they were a dream.  Yet, beneath the snow, snowdrops, a small perennial flower are waiting to emerge from their bulb at the slightest hint of spring warmth.  In late February and early March the snowdrops rise from the earth as the first flowers of the year! This small white flower is native to a large … Continue reading Small Mining Bee’s Active in Early Spring