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When you visit the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden--named the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven after its primary donor--be sure to check out the colorful mural on the shed. The panels feature mostly native bees. The project dates back to 2011 when 22 UC Davis...
Sarah Dalrymple, then a doctoral candidate at UC Davis, coordinated the bee mural in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Here are the artists who created the mural. Instructor Sarah Dalyrumple is in the group on the right, front row left. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Let's celebrate National Pollinator Week. And what better time for the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology to host an open house than during National Pollinator Week? It's from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at its bee garden, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, located on...
A honey bee and bumble bee share a coneflower in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. This is a yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on a blanketflower, Gaillardia, in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A mosaic-ceramic sculpture, Miss Bee Haven, anchors the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. It is the work of Donna Billick of Davis, a self-described "rock artist." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
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
Mark your calendars. A professor renowned for bridging art and science will address a UC Davis Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology seminar on April 25 in Meyer Hall, UC Davis campus. Entomologist/artist Diane Ullman of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology will speak on...
Entomologist/artist Diane Ullman with her tomato sculpture.
This is Nature's Gallery, a UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program project installed in 2012 in the Ruth Storer Gardens, UC Davis Arboretum, off Garrod Drive. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Co-founders and co-directors of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program are noted ceramic mosaic artist Donna Billick (left) and UC Davis entomologist/artist Diane Ullman. They are standing in front of Nature's Gallery, UC Davis Arboretum. (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, Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegeei). and pollinated the almond blossoms. It seemed like spring. Nearly 600 visitors crowded into the half-acre bee...
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)
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)
Visitors of all ages crafted seed balls for the bees. (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)