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BeeGap Program


                    National Garden Clubs, Inc. announces a partnership with Crown Bees
                    to increase native bee awareness, and encourage gardeners to add
                    gentle, rarely stinging mason bees for food and flower pollination.
                    Creating edible landscapes and bee-safe habitats in backyards can 
                    help save the food supply threatened by declining honey bee pollinators.

BeeGap Program Information

                    Taking action to support our native pollinators is as simple as being informed. 
                    Please consider contacting Rene' Lynch who is a member of the NGC Bee Gap 
                    Speakers Bureau. She would be happy to share her updated bee program for
                    your club meeting or as a presentation your club might sponsor at a community
                    event.    Contact Rene' at reneclynch@aol.com

                    Be informed and spread the word. There are many things we can do to make
                    a difference.

The Buzzz

By Rene’ Lynch, FGCM BeeGap Chairman


For those gardeners who might be wanting to add native Blue Orchard Mason Bees to your yard, it’s time to consider ordering bee cocoons for salting your nesting box or at least bee attractant. A recommended supplier by National Garden Clubs, Inc., Crown Bees, says the supply of bees is low this year and you should reserve your bees now.

I’m taking this opportunity to update you about another vital pollinator, the Monarch Butterfly. In a recent column in the Star Tribune, Sunday January 28th, Joe Trezza reported that Monarchs, particularly in the Eastern Migration Flyway, were way behind schedule this year due to a late fall.

“A warm fall does often delay migration in various ways.” “Migration conditions are a ‘Goldilocks’ sort of thing. Weather, like porridge, can be too hot, too cold or just right,” said Chip Taylor who heads the University of Kansas’ Monarch Watch, the country’s most comprehensive Monarch research program. “Late Monarchs just don’t get to Mexico as well as early Monarchs do. The difference is quite striking.”

This spring they will know the results of the late migration of last fall when an annual census will be done to determine the results of last year’s migration.  There is consideration by the Fish and Wildlife Service to have Monarchs recommended for Federal Protection under the Endangered Species Act. They will make this decision in 2019.

Please protect and enhance our pollinator habitat. Plant native and encourage pollinators to visit your yard this growing season. Perhaps your club could work with others and establish a Monarch Way Station. 

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