Category Archives: Bees

Rain Gardens – construction and planting

Are you considering building a rain garden? If so, take a look at projects created by members of the Andover Pollinator Awareness Project. These rain gardens are located in Andover, MN. The presentations not only show the steps for constructing … Continue reading

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Five videos from the Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Videos posted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Pollinate MN, with the generous support of the Food Building, The Lone Grazer Creamery, and Red Table Meat Company. Videos are from the People For Pollinators symposium held in West St. Paul on … Continue reading

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Wilds Bees

People For Pollinators symposium was held at the Dakota Lodge in West St. Paul on March 8, 2016. This session from the pollinator-friendly symposium, “Amazing Bees – Wild In More Ways Than One,” was presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces … Continue reading

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Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

Bees are critical to ensuring our food supply, yet they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Over thirty percent of our agricultural crops depend on bees for pollination, and bee pollination means about $15 billion in agricultural production for the … Continue reading

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How much do you know about pollinators?

  The produce section of grocery stores would be rather empty without the hard work of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other pollinators. More than 80 percent of the world’s plants need pollinators to survive, including many that provide the … Continue reading

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Building an Insect Hotel

by Robin Horton, originally published by Yardfarmers blog  | Mar 1, 2016 Editor’s Note – Attract beneficial insects to your yardfarm by building them insect hotels. This article + infographic were originally posted on FIX.com and written by Robin Horton. … Continue reading

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What is a pollinator?

by Bob Vaughn, UMN Extension – Master Gardener in Anoka County A pollinator is an animal or insect that transfers pollen grains from flower to flower.There are over 200,000 different pollinators. The list includes birds and bats but is mostly insects. … Continue reading

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Attracting Bees

by Nancy Helms, UMN Extension – Master Gardener in Anoka County Great flowers start with pollination, and for that you need bees. While many things have contributed to the declining bee population, we can do our part and help bring back the bees. … Continue reading

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