Pollinators: Bees, Birds, and Butterflies
POLLINATION: The transfer of pollen within or between flowers. This act results in fertilization, producing seeds and fruit. This may be done by pollinators…
Different bees and pollinators benefit from specific types of flowers. Whether a flower is deep or shallow, red or yellow, generous with nectar or stingy... These all impact the attractiveness to different pollinators. We have collected some of the Best Flowers for Honey Bees on this poster. Backyard beekeepers should consider growing some of these flowers to improve bee health and honey quality. #westcoastseeds #flowers #honeybees
Gardening for birds is another way to build biodiversity in garden spaces. Like pollinators and other insects, wild birds are under pressure due to habitat loss, pollution, and ever expanding human settlement. By including certain plants and building certain habitats, gardeners can ease this pressure, and even benefit from the presence of some bird species. #westcoastseeds #birds
Mason bees are “solitary bees,” meaning that unlike honey bees, they do not form a massive colony. These hard-working native pollinators emerge from their cocoons in the spring and begin the process of nesting in specialized tubes. #westcoastseeds #masonbees There's still time to order your Mason Bees - Our Mason Bee Cocoons ship out until the end of February!
“The companies will work closely together,” said Saks. “We’ve been doing a lot of work with pollinators lately, so we had some wildflower blends that are specifically curated to attract pollinators and bees in particular. Anytime we post about bees and pollinators we’ve seen big jumps in sales and popularity so it was a natural fit for us.
#FunFact: Bees have tongues of various lengths in order to access nectar from the flowers they feed on. Some bees have long tongues which help them reach the nectar in tubular flowers, while smaller species have shorter tongues that work well for smaller flowers. Because of differences in their physical attributes, competition for food is reduced, as they will not be feed off the same flowers. #PollinatorConservationWeek