Bees and Pollinators

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Linn-Benton 2019 Master Gardener program - apply now!


Do you love to make things grow? Apply to join our cohort of plant enthusiasts in Linn and Benton Counties. As part of the Master Gardener volunteer team, you will build your gardening knowledge and share what you learn with our communities. Read More...

Now accepting applications for the 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training and Horticultural Proficiency programs!!


The Master Gardener and Horticulture Proficiency program provides Oregonians with education about gardening and horticulture. Read More...

Mason Bees as an Alternative


Since 1994 wild honey bee populations have been devastated by two species of parasitic mites. Many domesticated honey bee colonies have also been lost.

USDA Economic Research Service Issues Report Land Use, Land Cover, and Pollinator Health: A Review and Trend Analysis


A new study by the USDA Economic Research Service reviews the economic and ecology literature on land use, land cover, and the health of pollinators.

Crops that depend on pollinators account for up...

Plants for Pollinators

Fact Sheet

This fact-sheet provides a brief description of pollinators and the plants they prefer.

Orchard Mason Bee

Fact Sheet

The orchard mason bee, Osmia lignaria, is an effective early pollinator native to the Western US and
Canada. It emerges in the spring, before honeybees. As a pollinator, it is far more efficient than the
honeybee by transferring more pollen and visiting more types and numbers of flowers.

Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden

Fact Sheet

This handout explores common, beneficial insects found in our region and shares ideas on ways to encourage their presence in our home gardens.

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Fact Sheet

A brief fact-sheet on how to attract pollinators to your garden.

Oregon State Beekeepers Association

Online Resource

Information about bees and beekeeping. Includes events offered by a diverse bunch of individuals who share a fascination for the honeybee and its workings.

Create a Home Landscape for Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds


Pollinator numbers have declined due to habitat destruction and incorrect chemical use. However, you can create a beautiful pollinator paradise in your home landscape by following these planting guidelines.

Other Livestock Species Resources for Small Farms


This collection provides information about production animals found on small farms like honeybees, bison, and ducks.

Residential Beekeeping: Best-practice guidelines for nuisance-free beekeeping in Oregon

OSU Extension Catalog

This publication outlines guidelines for best practices for beekeeping in residential areas. It outlines the steps residential beekeepers can take to operate their bees in nuisance-free manner.

By Jennifer Holt, Andony Melathopoulos, Ramesh Sagili

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