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No Sweat....Just Pollen...

Look closely at a patch of California golden poppies and you may see a sweat bee (genus Halictus) collecting gold pollen. The pollen basket...

A sweat bee, genus Halictus and family Halictidae, collecting pollen from a California golden poppy, the state flower. Both the bee and the flower are natives of California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sweat bee, genus Halictus and family Halictidae, collecting pollen from a California golden poppy, the state flower. Both the bee and the flower are natives of California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sweat bee, genus Halictus and family Halictidae, collecting pollen from a California golden poppy, the state flower. Both the bee and the flower are natives of California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sweat bee, genus Halictus and family Halictidae, rolling in the pollen of a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sweat bee, genus Halictus and family Halictidae, rolling in the pollen of a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sweat bee, genus Halictus and family Halictidae, rolling in the pollen of a California golden poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 7:57 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Forecast of Heavy Rain, Wind Changes Location of California Honey Festival

Despite the weather forecast of heavy rain and wind, honey bees will still be "attending" the California Honey Festival. They'll be safe and...

The California Honey Festival will include bee observation hives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The California Honey Festival will include bee observation hives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The California Honey Festival will include bee observation hives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 4:43 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

California Dogface Butterfly Steals the Show

The California dogface butterfly stole the show at the Bohart Museum of Entomology pop-up tent at Briggs Hall during the...

Bohart Museum graduate student and researcher Socrates Letana tosses paper butterflies to the net holders, as  Professor Fran Keller (background) of Folsom Lake College staffs the California butterfly table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart Museum graduate student and researcher Socrates Letana tosses paper butterflies to the net holders, as Professor Fran Keller (background) of Folsom Lake College staffs the California butterfly table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart Museum graduate student and researcher Socrates Letana tosses paper butterflies to the net holders, as Professor Fran Keller (background) of Folsom Lake College staffs the California butterfly table. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a catch! UC Davis undergraduate student Lasya Nalia, majoring in environmental horticulture, nets a paper butterfly tossed by Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College, a Bohart Museum scientist and UC Davis doctoral alumna.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's a catch! UC Davis undergraduate student Lasya Nalia, majoring in environmental horticulture, nets a paper butterfly tossed by Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College, a Bohart Museum scientist and UC Davis doctoral alumna. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a catch! UC Davis undergraduate student Lasya Nalia, majoring in environmental horticulture, nets a paper butterfly tossed by Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College, a Bohart Museum scientist and UC Davis doctoral alumna. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Postdoctoral researcher and arachnologist James Starrett (foreground) and doctoral student and dragonfly expert Christofer Brothers (background) talk to visitors about the insect specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Postdoctoral researcher and arachnologist James Starrett (foreground) and doctoral student and dragonfly expert Christofer Brothers (background) talk to visitors about the insect specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Postdoctoral researcher and arachnologist James Starrett (foreground) and doctoral student and dragonfly expert Christofer Brothers (background) talk to visitors about the insect specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College poses with a California dogface butterfly face banner. She is a UC Davis doctoral alumna and a Bohart Museum scientist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College poses with a California dogface butterfly face banner. She is a UC Davis doctoral alumna and a Bohart Museum scientist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College poses with a California dogface butterfly face banner. She is a UC Davis doctoral alumna and a Bohart Museum scientist. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 5:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Webinars explore role of trees in climate change resilience, May 14-16

Valley oak at the Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai. Photo by Annemiek Schilder

A free webinar series titled “Trees to the Rescue: Solutions for Climate Change” will be held on May 14-16, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The webinars are sponsored by the University of California Thelma Hansen Fund.

“The webinars aim to increase our understanding of the role of trees in mitigating and adapting to climate change, how to plant the right trees and keep them healthy in urban environments, and the challenges of increasing the number of trees at the local level,” said Annemiek Schilder, director of Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center, who is organizing the series. Hansen REC is operated by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Participants will discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls of reforestation, urban greening and tree equity. They will also provide diverse perspectives on tree planting and maintenance efforts and policy at the local level.

“Anyone interested in learning about the importance of trees in urban environments and climate resilience, as well as tree retention in the landscape should join us,” she said.

The agenda for each 90-minute webinar is listed below. To register, visit https://bit.ly/HansenTreesWebinar

Tuesday, May 14: Trees as a Tool for Climate Change Mitigation and Resilience

4 p.m. Welcome—Annemiek Schilder, Director of Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Jim Downer, left, demonstrates how to successfully plant and grow an oak tree.

4:05 p.m. Opening Remarks—Matt LaVere, Ventura County Supervisor District 1

4:10 p.m. Improving Outcomes of Tree Growing and Forest Restoration Efforts—Karen Holl, Professor of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

4:50 p.m. Climate Resilience through Urban Greening—Edith de Guzman, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist, Water Equity and Adaptation Policy, UCLA

5:30 p.m. Closing—Annemiek Schilder 

Wednesday, May 15: Optimizing Tree Survival in a Changing Climate

4 p.m. Welcome—Emma Volk, Production Horticulture Advisor, UCCE Ventura and Santa Barbara counties

4:05 p.m. Cooling Urban Heat Islands with Climate-Resilient Trees—Janet Hartin, Environmental Horticulture Advisor, UCCE Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties

4:30 p.m. Keeping Trees Healthy from Sapling to Maturity—James Downer, Environmental Horticulture and Plant Pathology Advisor Emeritus, UCCE Ventura County

5:05 p.m. Dealing with the Inevitable Threat of Exotic and Invasive Pests—John Kabashima, Environmental Horticulture Advisor Emeritus, UCCE Orange County

5:30 p.m. Closing—Emma Volk 

Thursday, May 16: Tree Advocacy and Planning at the Local Level

4 p.m. Welcome—Julie Clark, Natural Resources Community Education Specialist, UCCE Ventura County

4:05 p.m. Native Tree Restoration with Partners and the Public—Joey Algiers, Restoration Ecologist, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion (Joey Algiers, moderator):

  • Joey Algiers, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Mireille Vargas, County of Ventura Sustainability Division
  • Mikaela Randolph, Green Schoolyards America
  • Jan Scow, Registered Consulting Arborist, Ojai Valley
  • Max Young, Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council

5:30 p.m. Closing—Julie Clark

 

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 1:23 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

California Honey Festival Is the Place to 'Bee'

Show me the honey? Show me the California Honey Festival. The annual event, which emphasizes the importance of bees, and promotes honey and honey...

Bee observation hives attract attention at the annual California Honey Festival. Visitors delight in pointing out the queen bee and checking out the workers and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bee observation hives attract attention at the annual California Honey Festival. Visitors delight in pointing out the queen bee and checking out the workers and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bee observation hives attract attention at the annual California Honey Festival. Visitors delight in pointing out the queen bee and checking out the workers and drones. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Queen bee" Amina Harris, retired director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center that she founded in 2012, also co-founded the California Honey Festival in 2017. In this archived photo from last year, she offers attendees a taste of honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Queen bee" Amina Harris, retired director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center that she founded in 2012, also co-founded the California Honey Festival in 2017. In this archived photo from last year, she offers attendees a taste of honey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At the 2023 California Honey Festival, Wendy Mather, co-program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, delighted in greeting the crowd and posing for photos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
At the 2023 California Honey Festival, Wendy Mather, co-program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, delighted in greeting the crowd and posing for photos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At the 2023 California Honey Festival, Wendy Mather, co-program manager of the California Master Beekeeper Program, delighted in greeting the crowd and posing for photos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 5:27 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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