Bees and Pollinators

Lynn Ketchum

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Gearing Up for Gardening - Pollinator Myths

Pollinators are in peril and have been making headlines. Most of the discussion has been about the honey bee, which accounts for less than one percent of the world’s bee population.

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5 Cool Bees in Your Garden - Oregon Bee Project

Images and descriptions of bees commonly found in Oregon gardens.

Fact Sheet

Pollinators

Research on Garden Bees At least 213 bee species have been collected from a garden. Urban areas often have more bee species than natural or agriculture areas. In urban areas, gardens promote bee...

By Gail Langellotto, | Article

Latest News

Mason bees go to work early in the season before honey bees emerge

Mar 25, 2019
Helpful mason bees pollinate our fruit trees that bloom in March and April

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

A look back on a year of gardening stories

Jan 12, 2019
A story about yellowjackets topped the most-popular list.

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

10 gift ideas for the gardeners in your life

Dec 7, 2018
From pruners to compost, here are some ideas to satisfy the plant nerds on your list.

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

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Pollinator Ecology/Ecotoxicology
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Is there a bee-safe way to protect fruit trees from insects?

I have honeybees at my dad's house. He wants to spray his fruit trees with Bonide complete tree spray. I don't think I can talk him out of it. Is there any way to minimize the damage? I told him he needs to mow so there are no dandelions or anything they are foraging on anywhere near, and to do it...

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