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What Do Honey Bee Colonies Do During a Raging Wildfire?

Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens, lost some 500 hives during the Aug. 19 Vacaville fire. (Photo by Caroline Yelle)

What do honey bee colonies do when a raging wildfire heads straight toward their hives (bee boxes)? No, the bees do not abscond with their queen and...

Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens, lost some 500 hives during the Aug. 19 Vacaville fire. (Photo by Caroline Yelle)
Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens, lost some 500 hives during the Aug. 19 Vacaville fire. (Photo by Caroline Yelle)

Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens, lost some 500 hives during the Aug. 19 Vacaville fire. (Photo by Caroline Yelle)

Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens, checks her losses in the Aug. 19 Vacaville fire. (Photo by Caroline Yelle)
Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens, checks her losses in the Aug. 19 Vacaville fire. (Photo by Caroline Yelle)

Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens, checks her losses in the Aug. 19 Vacaville fire. (Photo by Caroline Yelle)

Dead brood and dying bees are in the half-burned hives belonging to Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens. (Photo by Carolyn Yelle)
Dead brood and dying bees are in the half-burned hives belonging to Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens. (Photo by Carolyn Yelle)

Dead brood and dying bees are in the half-burned hives belonging to Caroline Yelle, owner of Pope Canyon Queens. (Photo by Carolyn Yelle)

Beekeeper Rick Schubert, who lost his farm and bees in the Aug. 19th Vacaville fire, provided the bees for UC Davis professor Norm Gary's research and bee wrangling for more than 30 years. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper Rick Schubert, who lost his farm and bees in the Aug. 19th Vacaville fire, provided the bees for UC Davis professor Norm Gary's research and bee wrangling for more than 30 years. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Rick Schubert, who lost his farm and bees in the Aug. 19th Vacaville fire, provided the bees for UC Davis professor Norm Gary's research and bee wrangling for more than 30 years. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 4:53 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Food, Health, Innovation, Natural Resources

The Heartbreaking Story of a Bee Scientist Who Lost Everything

A wall of fire races toward Quail Canyon Road, home of Caroline Yelle's business, Pope Canyon Queens.

It's heartbreaking. Beyond heartbreaking. Caroline Yelle, 28, owner of Pope Canyon Queens (PCQ) at 8307 Quail Canyon Road Quail Canyon Road,...

A wall of fire races toward Quail Canyon Road, home of Caroline Yelle's business, Pope Canyon Queens.
A wall of fire races toward Quail Canyon Road, home of Caroline Yelle's business, Pope Canyon Queens.

A wall of fire races toward Quail Canyon Road, home of Caroline Yelle's business, Pope Canyon Queens.

Smoke covers the landscape and the hives of Pope Canyon Queens on Quail Canyon Road. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Yelle)
Smoke covers the landscape and the hives of Pope Canyon Queens on Quail Canyon Road. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Yelle)

Smoke covers the landscape and the hives of Pope Canyon Queens on Quail Canyon Road. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Yelle)

Destruction: The farm at 8307 Quail Canyon Road gone. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Yelle)
Destruction: The farm at 8307 Quail Canyon Road gone. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Yelle)

Destruction: The farm at 8307 Quail Canyon Road gone. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Yelle)

Burned hives of Pope Canyon Queens. (Photo Courtesy of Caroline Yelle)
Burned hives of Pope Canyon Queens. (Photo Courtesy of Caroline Yelle)

Burned hives of Pope Canyon Queens. (Photo Courtesy of Caroline Yelle)

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2:32 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Clay's Bees: The Bees, They're Gone

Fire rages towards Clay's Bees during the Vacaville Fire. (Image courtesy of Paul Kuroda, used with permission)

The bees, they're gone. Beekeeper Clay Ford, who owns the Pleasants Valley Honey Company, also known as "Clay's Bees," is devastated. The...

Fire rages towards Clay's Bees during the Vacaville Fire. (Image courtesy of Paul Kuroda, used with permission)
Fire rages towards Clay's Bees during the Vacaville Fire. (Image courtesy of Paul Kuroda, used with permission)

Fire rages towards Clay's Bees during the Vacaville Fire. (Image courtesy of Paul Kuroda, used with permission)

Melted honeycomb from the hives of Clay's Bees, Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville. (Photo courtesy of Paul Kuroda, used with permission)
Melted honeycomb from the hives of Clay's Bees, Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville. (Photo courtesy of Paul Kuroda, used with permission)

Melted honeycomb from the hives of Clay's Bees, Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville. (Photo courtesy of Paul Kuroda, used with permission)

These are some of the bee hives that Clay Ford of the Pleasants Valley Honey Company, also known as Clay's Bees, lost to the Vacaville Fire. (Photo from YouTube video, Pleasants Valley Agricultural Association)
These are some of the bee hives that Clay Ford of the Pleasants Valley Honey Company, also known as Clay's Bees, lost to the Vacaville Fire. (Photo from YouTube video, Pleasants Valley Agricultural Association)

These are some of the bee hives that Clay Ford of the Pleasants Valley Honey Company, also known as Clay's Bees, lost to the Vacaville Fire. (Photo from YouTube video, Pleasants Valley Agricultural Association)

These are Clay's Bees at a lavender farm in nearby Dixon. This image was taken in June 2019 during Lavender Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These are Clay's Bees at a lavender farm in nearby Dixon. This image was taken in June 2019 during Lavender Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are Clay's Bees at a lavender farm in nearby Dixon. This image was taken in June 2019 during Lavender Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Vacaville Fire roared down these hills onto the Pleasants Valley Road area where Clay Ford kept his bees. This photo was taken Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, re a road-access permit issued by Lt. Jon Mazer of the Solano County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Vacaville Fire roared down these hills onto the Pleasants Valley Road area where Clay Ford kept his bees. This photo was taken Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, re a road-access permit issued by Lt. Jon Mazer of the Solano County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Vacaville Fire roared down these hills onto the Pleasants Valley Road area where Clay Ford kept his bees. This photo was taken Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, re a road-access permit issued by Lt. Jon Mazer of the Solano County Sheriff's Department. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 4:09 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Health, Innovation, Yard & Garden

Leave Me Alone, Please--I'm Eating!

A monarch caterpillar feasting on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Leave me alone, please--I'm eating." The monarch caterpillar feasting on the tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif.,...

A monarch caterpillar feasting on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar feasting on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar feasting on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar stretches out on a leaf, binge eating. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar stretches out on a leaf, binge eating. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar stretches out on a leaf, binge eating. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! But move along, please. Can't you see I'm eating? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Well, hello there! But move along, please. Can't you see I'm eating? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there! But move along, please. Can't you see I'm eating? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The milkweed is always greener on the other side. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The milkweed is always greener on the other side. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The milkweed is always greener on the other side. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 3:05 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Food, Yard & Garden

Portraits of a Monarch Just Stopping By

A male monarch, Danaus plexippus, spreads its wings on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii) in Vacaville, Calif. on Sunday, May 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Welcome, Danaus plexippus!  A monarch butterfly, the first of the year, fluttered through our family pollinator garden in Vacaville,...

A male monarch, Danaus plexippus, spreads its wings on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii) in Vacaville, Calif. on Sunday, May 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch, Danaus plexippus, spreads its wings on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii) in Vacaville, Calif. on Sunday, May 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch, Danaus plexippus, spreads its wings on a tower of jewels (Echium wildpretii) in Vacaville, Calif. on Sunday, May 23. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch lands on a mallow, Althaea officinalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch lands on a mallow, Althaea officinalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch lands on a mallow, Althaea officinalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch took a liking to a yellow rose,
The monarch took a liking to a yellow rose, "Sparkle and Shine," related to the Julia Child rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch took a liking to a yellow rose, "Sparkle and Shine," related to the Julia Child rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch touched down on a succulent, hens-and-chicks (when it blooms, it's known as a
The monarch touched down on a succulent, hens-and-chicks (when it blooms, it's known as a "rooster." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch touched down on a succulent, hens-and-chicks (when it blooms, it's known as a "rooster." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch stayed on the ear of a cat (garden sculpture)  for about five minutes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch stayed on the ear of a cat (garden sculpture) for about five minutes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch stayed on the ear of a cat (garden sculpture) for about five minutes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 3:03 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

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