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A Hymn for Her

The Dead Bee

Did you catch the  "The Burns and the Bees" episode on The Simpsons Sunday night? Dead honey bees take over the otherwise animated TV show.  Bart, on a dare from schoolyard bullies, knocks a bee's nest from a tree and it lands kerplop on the playground. Bart's sister Lisa...

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The Dead Bee
The Dead Bee

THE DEAD BEE--Worker bees prepare to remove their dead sister (far left) from the hive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Winemaking on a warming planet

Tomorrow at twilight, vintners will converge on campus to weigh in on winemaking on a warming planet, says a spot on the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat's wineabout blog. (I love alliteration.)

Among the speakers at the 6 to 9 p.m. UC Berkeley event are Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley professor of agroecology, and Kent Daane, UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension specialist in biological control.

They will be joined by leaders of two California wineries in a discussion about current practices in and research on traditional, organic and biodynamic winegrape production, according to the blog post. The panel will also assess vineyard responses to scarce water, fluctuating fuel costs, pests and changing weather patterns.

It is interesting that wine tasting will take twice the time as weighty winemaking discourse. The discussion is scheduled from 6-7 p.m., and the wine tasting and reception is from 7-9 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM
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To Bee or Not to Bee

To Bee or Not to Bee

"To bee or not to bee." That is the question. What is the solution? The plight of the honey bees has not escaped the UC Davis Entomology Graduate Students' Association (EGSA). This year's winning t-shirt, the result of a departmental faculty-student-staff-vote, stars the...

To Bee or Not to Bee
To Bee or Not to Bee

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE--Yao Hua Law (left) and Randy Veirs hold up the "To Bee or Not to Bee" t-shirt. It is intended to do double duty: to raise funds for the UC Davis Entomology Graduate Students' Association and to raise awareness for the plight of honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of Drawing
Close-up of Drawing

CLOSE-UP of Randy Veirs' drawing shows a Shakespearean bee in period costume. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

The plight of the honey bee

The headline, a play on the famous orchestral piece "The Flight of the Bumblebee," comes from the Web site tothecenter.com, which carried a rundown this week on the oft-publicized colony collapse disorder, a mysterious ailment that is severely curtailing the country's honey bee population.

The story appears as UC Davis news service distributes a news release about a new $125,000 contribution from Häagen-Dazs to help honey bees. Half of the money will be used to create a one-half acre Honey Bee Haven on the campus, the release says. Häagen-Dazs and UC Davis will determine how the balance of the gift can best be used to benefit honey bees.

Landscape architects will want to take note. The design of the new bee haven is at the center of a competition. The winning design team will see their ideas implemented at UC Davis and will receive recognition on the Häagen-Dazs commemorative plaque in the garden. Best of all, the winner will receive a free year's supply of Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

Information on the design competition may be requested from Melissa Borel at mjborel@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-6642.

Bee dangling from guara blossom.
Bee dangling from guara blossom.

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Pollinator Paradise

Honey bee on sage

There's been trouble in paradise far too long. Now, thanks to a generous donation from Häagen-Dazs, there will be a pollinator paradise--in the way of a bee friendly garden--at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis.  Häagen-Dazs announced...

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Honey bee on sage
Honey bee on sage

HAVEN FOR HONEY BEES--A honey bee gathers nectar from salvia (sage). Sage is sure to be one of the featured plants in bee friendly garden at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 5:24 PM

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