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Five Reasons Why All This Rain Is Bad for Almond Pollination Season

During a sun break on Feb. 12, 2017, a  pollen-laden honey bee heads for more almond blossoms in Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not a good time to be a California almond grower or a beekeeper. And it's definitely not a good time to be a honey bee. The wind-whipped storms that are ravaging California are wreaking havoc on the state's almond pollination season, says...

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Bees Are Back Pollinating the Almonds

A honey bee foraging on a feral almond tree today (Feb. 10) in Pleasants Valley, Vacaville.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's almond pollination season in California but the weather refuses to cooperate. Heavy rains, high winds, intense flooding. What are the bees to do? They're holed up in their hives, waiting for the sun breaks. When the rain stops pelting their...

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Hear that Buzz? Dixon 4-H'ers Are Caring for Their Bees

Evaluator Linda Layton of Sherwood Forest 4-H Club, Vallejo, talks to Ryan Anenson about his honey bee project at the Solano County 4-H Project Skills Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The 4-H Youth Development Program isn't just about cows and chickens. It's about other projects, too, from "A" to "Z." And "B." Don't forget the honey bees. Solano County's Tremont 4-H Club, Dixon, has just launched a beekeeping project, led by...

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 4:56 PM

How Cold Is It? Ask Siri and Check for Bees

A honey bee foraging on oxalis at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Vacaville, Calif. Temperature: 53 degrees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever asked Siri "How cold is it?" Siri, a computer program known as Apple's "intelligent personal assistant" or "knowledge navigator," is part of Apple's Inc.'s iOS operating system. Folks usually ask Siri for directions. We ask about the...

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Bees, We Can't Get Enough of Them!

Honey bee cleans her tongue in flight as she heads for another mallow blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The joy of the season strikes a chord. When bees slip out of their California hives during winter sun breaks, they often head over to mallow blossoms to grab some nectar and pollen. A favorite is the tree mallow, Lavatera maritima “bicolor,"...

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:20 PM

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