Make Your Own Native Bee Nesting Tubes For Free

I have been raising mason bees for years which means I am always buying new nesting tubes. That gets a little expensive. But over the weekend I attended a workshop down at Oregon State University and learned how to make tubes for free; not only for mason bees but for many of our other native cavity nesting bees.

Oregon’s native bees are great pollinators and providing nesting sites can increase their populations and for many crops will result in better yields. In modern landscapes we tend to be neat and tidy which often results in the removal of nesting sites. Bee hotels are a way to keep a manicured yard while still providing nesting sites.

Mason bees are the poster child for these native bees and many homeowners and schools are raising them these days. There are many other solitary bees such as Continue reading “Make Your Own Native Bee Nesting Tubes For Free”


Long-tailed Weasel Kits

Long-tailed Weasels Mustela frenata are the larger of the two weasels in Oregon. The head is flattened, the body is long and their legs are short. They are brown dorsally and yellowish ventrally except for a white chin. The tail is long with a black tip. They can be found throughout the state.

While checking my snake study boards I found a litter of four kits under a piece of tin. Female weasels will hide their kits in a secure location while she forages for food. In the picture above you will notice a cache of food that includes three adult voles and a juvenile. The mother will move the kits to a new location if Continue reading “Long-tailed Weasel Kits”