Robot Pollinators

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http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-robot-bees-farming-patent-2018-3

Thank you Melisa for sharing this article and raising what will inevitably become an ethical dilemma with farming practices in the years to come. Big business with heavily invested interests in food production will certainly lean towards controlling their agricultural and manufacturing output as much as possible. This may be one way to help meet specific targets and quotas. We should be very concerned though, that this does nothing to support our now heavily fragmented ecosystems that have been damaged from widespread pesticide and neoinoctinoid use that has swept western society in support of a food industry that cares only of output and meeting demand. I have not seen the show but I understand that is the theme; control and manipulation by those with means, of even the most natural, innocent and authentic lifesystems that have existed only to benefit the natural resources of this planet. It’s troubling indeed.

A Garden for All

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An ideal example of a pollinator garden design

All greenspace can be considered a pollinator habitat. Your garden is naturally a home to a wide variety of pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bees, flies and beetles. However, while we want to focus on creating a habitat in the form of a pollinator garden, we must also recognize that we are providing habitat for other wildlife, such as birds, snakes, worms and an array of insects that live above and underground.

Pollinator gardens serve as windbreaks or shelter for delicate creatures, they help stabilize the soil and improve water quality. Pollinators have two basic habitat needs: a diversity of flowering native or naturalized plants, and egg-laying or nesting sites. This is true for other organisms that inhabit your garden too. With this in mind, we encourage you to plan your garden with consideration to all of the living species that your garden welcomes.

We love to study and learn about the indigenous plants that increase the pollination activity in a garden. However, as you can see in the plan provided by https://organicdailypost.com/ there are many more components to consider when designing a pollinator oasis. Although this model acts as a butterfly garden, there are important factors to consider when designing a pollinator space. Take note of some of the features such as the shaded versus sun filled areas, the paddling or bathing area and the basking area that consists of pure, open soil. – Mme. Ashleigh White M.Ed

California Wild Bees

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The honey bee population in California has been experiencing a substantial Colony Collapse Disorder. This is where the worker bees leave the hive, and do not return. This leaves the Queen and Nurse bees to care for a whole colony of immature bees and larvae without having sufficient food for the duration of the nursing process.

Wild bees can attempt to pick up the pollination job that is being lost through Colony Collapse Disorder but they too are dying off at steady rates largely due to the use of certain types of pesticides and in particular, neonicotinoids. Here pictured are golden yarrows and wild geraniums that appear flourishing on a beautiful Spring day in Gilroy California. The Central Valley and Coastal section of this area is famous for its agricultural cultivation and output.

 

Pollination

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Pollination is the transfer of pollen from a male part of a plant to a female part of a plant, enabling later fertilisation and the production of seeds, most often by an animal or by wind. Pollinating agents are animals such as insects, birds, and bats; water; wind; and even plants themselves, when self-pollination occurs within a closed flower. Pollination often occurs within a species. When pollination occurs between species it can produce hybrid offspring in nature and in plant breeding work.

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Our goal is to make our population aware of the challenge that we are faced with. Our bee population is in steady decline while crop production that requires natural pollination by bees is continuing to increase. People cannot replace the role of our pollinators. Join t read more