Oregon has around 500 species of native bees and I was curious to find out which ones were flying about my farm. So I anxiously awaited a report from Sarah Kincaid’s first trapping session. Sarah is spearheading the Oregon Bee Project which is a cooperative effort between the Oregon Department of Agriculture and other collaborators. Its aim is to protect Oregon pollinators that are vital to the state’s production of specialty crops.
Here is a list of what was found in the first trapping session: Continue reading “Oregon Native Bees Found on Farm”
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has launched the Oregon Bee Project to help improve and ensure the health of 500-plus native species of bees that pollinate many of our crops. This program will include field research, public outreach and education, and the creation of an Oregon Bee Farm Certification to reward farmers who adopt bee-friendly practices.
They are looking for six flagship farms that already have suitable pollinator habitat. Part of the evaluation process is setting out traps to get an idea of what native bees are present on these farms. And to that end, Sarah Kincaid, entomologist with the ODA paid our farm a visit and put out three blue vane traps. These traps were developed for trapping beetles but Oregon State University researcher Dr. Sujaya Rao soon noticed that they were effective Continue reading “Oregon Bee Project Looks for Native Pollinators”