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National Pollinator Week: Open house at UC Davis Bee Garden

June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week.

Do you know where your pollinators are? Think bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

And think flies. Especially syrphid flies, also known as "flower flies" and "hover flies."

The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology is hosting an open house during National Pollinator Week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its bee garden, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road, west of the central UC Davis campus.

Here's what you can expect to see or do:

  • learn how to catch and observe bees up close
  • see honey bees at work in an observation beehive
  • learn about bee diversity and identification
  • learn about what and how to plant for bees
  • learn about growing and good pollination in home fruit gardens
  • see easy-to-grow bee plants and solitary bee houses available for a donation to the garden.

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, installed in the fall of 2009 and located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, off Hopkins Road, is a half-acre garden devoted to bee pollinator conservation and education. It was founded and sprang to life during the term of interim department chair, Professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, who coordinated the entire project. Kimsey was singled out for her work when the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America honored her and four others – "The Bee Team"– with the 2013 outstanding team award. 

A Sausalito team – landscape architects Donald Sibbett and Ann F. Baker, interpretative planner Jessica Brainard and exhibit designer Chika Kurotaki – won the design competition. The judges were Professor Kimsey; founding garden manager Missy Borel (now Missy Borel Gable), then of the California Center for Urban Horticulture; David Fujino, executive director, California Center for Urban Horticulture at UC Davis; Aaron Majors, construction department manager, Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Contractors, based in Novato; Diane McIntyre, senior public relations manager, Häagen-Dazs ice cream; Heath Schenker, professor of environmental design, UC Davis; Jacob Voit, sustainability manager and construction project manager, Cagwin and Dorward Landscape Contractors; and Kathy Keatley Garvey, communications specialist, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.

Others with a key role in the founding and "look" of the garden included the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, founded and directed by the duo of entomologist/artist Diane Ullman, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of Davis. Miss Bee Haven, a six-foot long worker bee sculpture, the work of Billick, anchors the garden. The art in the garden is the work of their students, ranging from those in Entomology 1 class to community residents. Eagle Scout Derek Tully planned, organized and built a state-of-the-art fence around the garden.

Why are pollinators so crucial? Take it from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation:

"Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world's flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world's crop species. The United States alone grows more than 100 crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems. Fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25 percent of all birds, and of mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears. In many places, the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases."

So, on Saturday, June 23, you won't see any red-backed voles or grizzly bears. But you'll see bees, butterflies, birds and beetles.

And flies. Syprhid flies.

For more information on the open house, access https://hhbhgarden.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Pollinator-week-flyer-2018-1.pdf

A honey bee foraging on a blanket flower, Gallardia, in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

 

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on a California native, foothill penstemon, Penstemon heterophyllus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulis, was a frequent visitor to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven during the early years. Note the spider lurking beneath the zinnia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This sculpture of a six-foot long worker bee, titled "Miss Bee Haven," anchors the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. It is the work of self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick (pictured) of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A syprhid fly, aka "flower fly" or "hover fly," foraging on Echium wildpretii, the "tower of jewels." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2:29 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Rain Won't Cancel Open House, Plant Sale at UC Davis Bee Garden

Honey bees love ceanothus, a plant that will be  offered at the  Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Nursery sale on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Think spring. Think ceanothus. Think salvia. Think pollinators. Despite the rain forecast, the open house and plant sale at...

Honey bees love ceanothus, a plant that will be  offered at the  Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Nursery sale on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees love ceanothus, a plant that will be offered at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Nursery sale on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees love ceanothus, a plant that will be offered at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Nursery sale on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee, aka
A male Valley carpenter bee, aka "the teddy bear bee" or Xylocopa varipuncta, takes a liking to penstemon, a popular plant at the UC Davis Arboretum Nursery plant sale. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee, aka "the teddy bear bee" or Xylocopa varipuncta, takes a liking to penstemon, a popular plant at the UC Davis Arboretum Nursery plant sale. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Why UC Davis Is the Place to 'Bee' on April 7

Honey bee nectaring on an aster. Many asters will be for sale at UC Davis on Saturday, April 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The University of California, Davis, is the place to "bee" on Saturday, April 7. There's a plant sale at the UC Davis Arboretum Nursery on Garrod...

Honey bee nectaring on an aster. Many asters will be for sale at UC Davis on Saturday, April 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee nectaring on an aster. Many asters will be for sale at UC Davis on Saturday, April 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee nectaring on an aster. Many asters will be for sale at UC Davis on Saturday, April 7. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee and yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus  vosnesenskii, sharing a coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee and yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sharing a coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee and yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sharing a coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

Heaven in the Bee Haven

A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant,  Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was heaven in the bee haven. As temperatures climbed into the seventies last Saturday, honey bees foraged in the California native plant,...

A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant,  Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant, Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A young girl searches for bees amid the blossoms of the California native plant, Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A blooming almond tree graces the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven as visitors check out the flowers and pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A blooming almond tree graces the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven as visitors check out the flowers and pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A blooming almond tree graces the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven as visitors check out the flowers and pollinators. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors enjoy making seed balls for the bees, one of the featured activities at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven last Saturday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors enjoy making seed balls for the bees, one of the featured activities at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven last Saturday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors enjoy making seed balls for the bees, one of the featured activities at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven last Saturday. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scenic shot: Visitors walk along a path in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. An almond tree is in the foreground. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A scenic shot: Visitors walk along a path in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. An almond tree is in the foreground. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scenic shot: Visitors walk along a path in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. An almond tree is in the foreground. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors of all ages crafted seed balls for the bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors of all ages crafted seed balls for the bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors of all ages crafted seed balls for the bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Artist Donna Billick, who created the ceramic-mosaic sculpture,
Artist Donna Billick, who created the ceramic-mosaic sculpture, "Miss Beehaven," sits by her work on Aug 17, 2010. The project was funded by Wells Fargo. The haven was installed in the fall of 2009. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Artist Donna Billick, who created the ceramic-mosaic sculpture, "Miss Beehaven," sits by her work on Aug 17, 2010. The project was funded by Wells Fargo. The haven was installed in the fall of 2009. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day: Bugged!

The Design Museum in Room 124 of Cruess Hall will be open during the Biodiversity Museum Day from noon to 4 p.m. The theme:

In some respects, you could say the seventh annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 17 will be bugged! Lots of insects and other...

The Design Museum in Room 124 of Cruess Hall will be open during the Biodiversity Museum Day from noon to 4 p.m. The theme:
The Design Museum in Room 124 of Cruess Hall will be open during the Biodiversity Museum Day from noon to 4 p.m. The theme: "It's Bugged: Insects' Role in Design." The bee photo is by UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Design Museum in Room 124 of Cruess Hall will be open during the Biodiversity Museum Day from noon to 4 p.m. The theme: "It's Bugged: Insects' Role in Design." The bee photo is by UC Davis alumnus Alex Wild. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor emerita Ann Savageau (left) of the Department of Design shows her hornet nest art to Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Many insect specimens are on loan from the Bohart Museum in the Design Museum exhibition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Professor emerita Ann Savageau (left) of the Department of Design shows her hornet nest art to Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Many insect specimens are on loan from the Bohart Museum in the Design Museum exhibition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor emerita Ann Savageau (left) of the Department of Design shows her hornet nest art to Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Many insect specimens are on loan from the Bohart Museum in the Design Museum exhibition. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Thousands crowded into the Bohart Museum of Entomology last year for the Biodiversity Museum Day. This year's event takes place Feb. 17. The Bohart Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Thousands crowded into the Bohart Museum of Entomology last year for the Biodiversity Museum Day. This year's event takes place Feb. 17. The Bohart Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Thousands crowded into the Bohart Museum of Entomology last year for the Biodiversity Museum Day. This year's event takes place Feb. 17. The Bohart Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Chris Casey (left) staff manager of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, and volunteer assistant Paola Pomery talk to a young visitor at the 2017 Biodiversity Museum Day. In back is the six-foot-long bee sculpture, Miss Beehaven, by Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Chris Casey (left) staff manager of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, and volunteer assistant Paola Pomery talk to a young visitor at the 2017 Biodiversity Museum Day. In back is the six-foot-long bee sculpture, Miss Beehaven, by Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Chris Casey (left) staff manager of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, and volunteer assistant Paola Pomery talk to a young visitor at the 2017 Biodiversity Museum Day. In back is the six-foot-long bee sculpture, Miss Beehaven, by Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, Feb. 17 will be invited to participate in an educational catch-and-release activity from noon to 4 p.m. They catch bees with a special device, examine them and then release them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, Feb. 17 will be invited to participate in an educational catch-and-release activity from noon to 4 p.m. They catch bees with a special device, examine them and then release them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, Feb. 17 will be invited to participate in an educational catch-and-release activity from noon to 4 p.m. They catch bees with a special device, examine them and then release them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Graduate student and nematologist Christopher Pagan (far left) talks to visitors at the Nematode Collection during the 2017 Biodiversity Museum Day. The collection will be in the Sciences Laboratory Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Graduate student and nematologist Christopher Pagan (far left) talks to visitors at the Nematode Collection during the 2017 Biodiversity Museum Day. The collection will be in the Sciences Laboratory Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Graduate student and nematologist Christopher Pagan (far left) talks to visitors at the Nematode Collection during the 2017 Biodiversity Museum Day. The collection will be in the Sciences Laboratory Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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