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A Honey of a Day, a Honey of a Picnic

Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It promises to be a "honey of a day" and a "honey of a picnic" at the 101st annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 18. Lots of activities are planned campuswide, but let's focus on the bees, pollination and honey tasting. The Department of...

Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers like to sample honey fresh from a comb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene of last year's honey tasting event at Briggs Hall. That's Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired, staffing the table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the scene of last year's honey tasting event at Briggs Hall. That's Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired, staffing the table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene of last year's honey tasting event at Briggs Hall. That's Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, now retired, staffing the table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

It Was All the Buzz

Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology talks to the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was all the buzz. Visitors at the annual California Agriculture Day, held Wednesday, March 18 on the west lawn of the State Capitol, made a beeline to the California State Beekeepers' Asssociation (CSBA) booth to see the bees, pocket some honey...

Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology talks to the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology talks to the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology talks to the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Legislative aide Tony Madrigal (right) asks Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen questions about colony health. Madrigal is an aide for Assemblyman Luis Alejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Legislative aide Tony Madrigal (right) asks Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen questions about colony health. Madrigal is an aide for Assemblyman Luis Alejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Legislative aide Tony Madrigal (right) asks Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen questions about colony health. Madrigal is an aide for Assemblyman Luis Alejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Readying the honey sticks for the crowd are beekeepers (from left) Bill Cervenka, Bob Sugar and Carlin Jupe and Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Readying the honey sticks for the crowd are beekeepers (from left) Bill Cervenka, Bob Sugar and Carlin Jupe and Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Readying the honey sticks for the crowd are beekeepers (from left) Bill Cervenka, Bob Sugar and Carlin Jupe and Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Admiring the bees is Barbara Arciero, managing editor of California Bountiful magazine. With her is beekeeper Wendy Mather. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Admiring the bees is Barbara Arciero, managing editor of California Bountiful magazine. With her is beekeeper Wendy Mather. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Admiring the bees is Barbara Arciero, managing editor of California Bountiful magazine. With her is beekeeper Wendy Mather. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees going about their bees-ness. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees going about their bees-ness. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees going about their bees-ness. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5:32 PM

How to Tell It's Almost Spring

Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You can tell it's almost spring when you hear bees buzzing on the flowering crab apples. Spring officially starts Friday, March 20, but don't tell that to the bees. They're in the midst of their spring build-up. Meanwhile, California Agriculture...

Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the pollen load of this honey bee on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Check out the pollen load of this honey bee on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Check out the pollen load of this honey bee on flowering crab apple. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is making a beeline for the next crab apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bee is making a beeline for the next crab apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is making a beeline for the next crab apple blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is coated with pollen from the crab apple blossoms. These photos were taken in the Sonoma Cornerstone gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This bee is coated with pollen from the crab apple blossoms. These photos were taken in the Sonoma Cornerstone gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This bee is coated with pollen from the crab apple blossoms. These photos were taken in the Sonoma Cornerstone gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:06 PM

From Marla Spivak to Amy Toth

Amy Toth with a Polistes paper wasp.

May is a few months away, but already there's strong interest in the line-up of speakers at the UC Davis Bee Symposium,  set Saturday, May 9 in the UC Davis Conference Center. The theme? "Keeping Bees Healthy."  An excellent...

Amy Toth with a Polistes paper wasp.
Amy Toth with a Polistes paper wasp.

Amy Toth with a Polistes paper wasp.

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Feel the Buzz!

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The word is "bees"  and "almonds" are their world. Right this very minute there are about 1.7 million colonies of bees pollinating California almonds. Since it takes two colonies to pollinate one acre, and California doesn't have that many...

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two bees heading for the same almond blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A University of California researcher in a Capay Valley almond orchard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 5:22 PM

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