Time to Esteem our Native Pollen Bees

In any conversation about bees, inevitably the honeybee takes center stage. Why is that?  Are honeybees really more important than other bees?  Would our entire food supply be threatened if honeybees were to vanish?   Our native bees, sometimes described as pollen bees, are not only more efficient pollinators but have also developed techniques for pollinating flowers that honeybees are incapable of pollinating. Honeybees may be the … Continue reading Time to Esteem our Native Pollen Bees

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