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Monarch Sightings in the UC Davis Arboretum: Cause for Celebration

A monarch on milkweed in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a delight to see. We strolled through milkweed patches in the UC Davis Arboretum Thursday noon and saw them. Monarchs! The monarch...

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Christine Merlin and Monarchs: How They Use Their Circadian Clocks for Seasonal Migration

Christine Merlin, shown here examining a monarch butterfly, will speak on

Did you know that monarch butterflies use a circadian clock to navigate to their overwintering sites during their seasonal long-distance...

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Solano County Youth Ag Day

While working the Master Gardeners information table at Home Depot one recent Saturday, we had a young boy about 9 or 10 who was with his mother. His mother had stopped to ask us a question.

The boy had a small plant in his hand so I gave him one of the package of “worm poop” and was explaining to him how to use it.  He immediately said” I know what this is.  A few years ago when I was in the 3rd grade our class went to Youth Ag Day at the Solano County Fair Grounds and I stopped at the Master Gardeners table.  I saw the worms and got a package of worm poop. But because I am in a higher grade this year our class did not attend.”

I asked him if he had a worm bin, he said no but would like one, his mom was very ok with it.  So we gave him the information we had on how to get started.  Mom and son went into the store and came out with a small plastic dark bin.  He asked if that was what to use, we told him yes and where to get the worms.  So off mom and a very eager boy went to get his worms.

I just want all the Master Gardeners who had a part in filling the worm poop packages and who work the Youth Ag Day Table at this event to know that you made an impression on this boy and I bet several others as well.

Good Job Master Gardeners!

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:49 AM

Bumble Bees: Pollen Power in the Phacelia

It's mine--move away! Two bumble bees, species Bombus vandykei, seek the same Phacelia blossom on the UC Davis central campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about pollen! The bumble bees, Bombus vandykei (as identified by Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the University...

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:10 PM
Tags: Bombus vandykei (4), golden pollen (1), Phacelia (2), Robbin Thorp (199), UC Davis (140)

Register by June 6 for Sheep & Goat Workshop in Hollister

Are you a local sheep and/or goat producer, 4-H or FFA member, or someone who is interested in learning more about sheep and goats? Do you have...

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 4:53 PM

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