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Friday, February 21, 2020

Raising Mason Bees

Mason Bees are easy to raise and are very gentle, amazing pollinators.
They nest in pre-made holes, whether made by other birds, such as Woodpeckers or man made.  We can help increase their populations by raising them in our backyard gardens.  

Mason Bees are one of the easiest to keep.  Because they do not make honey, Mason Bees prove to be docile enough to only sting when stepped on or provoked. 

Several flowers, vegetable, fruits and herbs benefit from being pollinated by Mason Bees, especially yellow, blue and purple tones .  
Mason Bees, like all other bees cannot see certain colors, like reds.


Attracting Mason Bees

Native bees are attracted to native plants four times more likely than to other blooms.  A welcoming blooming variety plant environment will be necessary during their active season.  Wild flowers and native plants are a great place to start when appealing to Mason Bees.

A few flowers Mason Bees Like:

Acacia
Acacia flowers have bright yellow puffy clusters of blooms. Mason Bees can see the yellow clearly which makes them extra alluring to them.

Canterbury Bells
The delicate royal blue blossoms of the Canterbury Bells attracts a variety of pollinating creatures, including Mason Bees.
Daisies
Attracting Mason Bees with Daisies only requires that you grow appropriate colors--yellow, purple, blue and several varieties of those color tones.


Moist soil is a must for survival. The female lays her eggs inside the holes of the bee house. Using this soil, like mortar, she creates safe chambers for her eggs and a cache of nectar.
  
When you see Mason Bees flying around your yard,
 take your shovel and turn over a patch of damp soil for them.

The Mason Bee, as well as all Bees, decline is related to pesticides, 
climate change, drought, diseases, loss of habitat and predators to name a few.
Pesticides are not only bad them, but for us too,
 so we need to stay away from them.

Did you know Bees get thirsty?
Bees need access to safe water sources.
They often risk drowning in birdbaths or being eaten at rivers and lakes by birds, fish, frogs, and other wildlife. This is why they often fly around our clotheslines and may even land on us if we're in an outdoor pool on a hot day.

Bees know exactly where to return to the same water source each time. 
Foragers seems to seek scented water sources.  They even mark unscented
sources with a pheromone so others can locate it easily.

One way you can be sure Mason Bees have access to water is by adding 
marbles to a pan, then adding water. 

The marbles give the bees a spot 
to land so they don't drown when they drink.

Do change the water frequently to avoid mosquitoes laying eggs
 in the water. 


Provide them with a home, some mud, wildflowers/flowers, 
 some water and Mason Bees will come to pollinate your plants into a beautiful garden full of flowers fruits and vegetables. 


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Jelly Fish Fun Facts






It's vital we raise awareness about their crucial and irreplaceable role in the ocean ecosystem. Together, we can end the ocean plastic crisis and make the ocean a safer place for all marine life.







 All photos were taken in Monterey by me


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Great Backyard Bird Count is back and more important than ever

Eastern Bluebird
Counting is Caring: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count
The 23rd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) begins next
 week on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, and continues 
through Monday, February 17. And when the latest science shows
 that two-thirds of North American birds are threatened by climate 
change, there is no better time to get involved.

The GBBC is a free, fun, and family-friendly way to 
support bird conservation. Here’s how it works: spend as 
little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the count tallying birds
 in your community, and then submit your lists online. The data 
collected by volunteers from around the world powers conservation
 initiatives and helps us better understand how climate change will
 impact the birds we all love.

All it takes is 15 minutes to make a difference. To learn how to 
participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count click HERE. 
Snow Geese


More posts about GBBC HERE

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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Monday, February 3, 2020

A Child's Valentine Remembrance


Some of us are lucky to have lots of little's in our life - whether it be grand babies, next door neighbors, or friends children.
here's a quick and inexpensive way to give each a little love so no 
one will be left out.

A messy table is a sign of creativity or you have too many projects going at once!

You'll need:

Mod podge (glue)
a brush
empty toilet paper tubes
pretty paper
ribbons,bakers twine, jute (something to tie with)
goodies to put inside
tags


Grab a TP tube and apply glue from one end to the other.


I happened to find red foil in my stash, that's what I used.
I didn't bother to measure, I just eyeballed it.

Start at one end of your paper that is cut straight, 
place it on top of where you applied the glue, press down.
Apply another strip of glue near the underside, 
roll tube on to it pulling taught, but not to taught that it will tear.
Complete the same steps over until the whole tube is covered with your paper.
Cut off excess.


It's OK if you didn't cut it close, 
you can trim any excess away now.


You'll have two covered tubes with extra paper on each end.
Let them sit for a few minutes to dry.


Now you need to tie one end

~What I did~
I have both boys and girls to give to.
I found red seam tape and red lace in my trims drawer.
I used the lace to tie the ends for the girls 
and the solid seam tape to tie the boys.
Why? the girls will vary from the boys 
and I didn't want to get them mixed up


The other end is kept open for now so it can be filled
with whatever goodies you decide.


Little toys, money, toy jewelry, and, of course, candy!


Start filling!
I was actually surprised at how much these TP tubes could hold!


Once filled, tie the other end to match.


You can decorate with stickers or embellish if you like.
Add tags if they are for someone specific






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