Come visit during lunch on June 25th to learn everything our local Bowie Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association has to share about keeping bees!
Sam Droege of the USGS is sharing his wealth of knowledge about North American Native Bees with Patuxent Nursery. These beneficial pollinators work a little differently than their non-native cousins, so it's important to know how to identify them and how to help support their populations in our area.
Twelve years ago, the US Senate dedicated one week in June as National Pollinator Week. This effort raised awareness of the declining pollinator populations and helped to educate people internationally about the importance of pollinators in the ecosystem. What are pollinators? Pollinators are primarily insects like bees, flies, and butterflies, but can also be birds or small mammals. These animals move pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers fertilizing plants as they go. When flowers have been fertilized, they produce seeds surrounded by fruit. Why do we need them?…continue reading →