At the core of a healthy Oregon are its pollinators
Their lives are intricately dictate our larger natural environment by moving pollen among flowers, ensuring plants can form seeds and fruits.
The work of pollinators shapes our lives every day throughout every season; the blooming in springtime meadows, berry picking in the summer months, and pumpkins and squash in the fall.
Saturday, April 28
(date change from 4/21)
Willow Bar Farm
27905 NW Reeder Road, Portland, Oregon 97231
Join Bee & Bloom and the Oregon Wildlife Foundation as we explore the in’s and out’s of working with bees! We will be suiting up for an up-close look at a honey bee hive and observing a number of active nests from native species including mason bees, leafcutter bees, and bumble bees.
There are over 4000 native bee species in North America, and 300+ of these species are Oregon residents. We will be discussing how to create a pollinator habitat in your own backyard to support these important pollinators - from planting forage to building native bee houses, and there will be a brief overview of what it takes to become a beekeeper, as well.
* A live demonstration of a honey bee nuc installation
* A tour of the inner workings of a hive (suited up, of course!)
* An in-depth look at native bee nesting strategies
* A walkthrough of how to create the perfect pollinator habitat
Get the full story on Pollinator Parkways, the How-To steps,
and more on our blog!
The focus of our spring Pollinators campaign is to help provide support to a local volunteer-run group, Pollinator Parkways.
In Portland's southeast neighborhood, Montavilla, Sherrie Pelsma stays steadfast in her single-woman efforts to help create spaces for Oregon's native pollinators. With only the help of volunteers, Sherrie runs Pollinator Parkways as a resource and support for locals who wish to create new habitat out of parking strips.
Proceeds from our Pollinator's Spring Campaign benefit Pollinator Parkways
Pollinators need our help.
By converting your parking strip (the strip of grass between the sidewalk and street) you create a small piece of wildlife habitat that can provide vital food, shelter, and a place to have young.
Pollinator Parkways have three features:
It's pesticide free
It uses native plants
It has staggered blooming times
2 out of 5 inveterate pollinators are at risk of extinction. Help us create a corridor so pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, flies, wasps and other amazing fauna like ladybugs, beetles, and worms can thrive.
Incorporating native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees into any landscape promotes local biological diversity and provides shelter and food for a diversity of wildlife. Most natives require minimal irrigation, flourish without fertilizers, and are unlikely to become weedy.
This fact sheet from Xerces Society features regional native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for small-scale plantings in the Maritime Northwest region (Washington, Oregon, northern California.)
Birds and bugs are ready to help with your gardening chores…naturally. Simply make your yard a pesticide-free zone, and follow a few easy steps. Natural gardening isn’t just beautiful and fun—it also protects children, pets, streams and forests from harmful garden chemicals.
Click here for Metro's garden guide to using native plants natural to pollinators habitat.
One of the most significant actions you can take to support monarch populations is providing nectar-rich flowers and milkweed host plants. Adult monarchs depend on diverse nectar sources for food during all stages of the year, from spring and summer breeding to fall migration and overwintering.
This guide from Xerces Society will help you understand how to curate the best habitat to attract monarch butterflies.
Becoming a successful beekeeper requires a serious commitment to learning the craft, but the large amount of conflicting information available makes that a difficult task. Bee & Bloom keep it simple for you to understand how to start and maintain a healthy bee habitat.
With over 4,400 native bee species in North America, there's always more to learn and Bee & Bloom regularly update on the newest and most imperative info through workshops, lectures, blog posts and images.
Get guides, galleries, insight from experts on pollinators, and other habitat information on our blog below.