July 8, 2020

by Kristina Lefever for the Tidings  June 30, 2020

June is like a flower — after long anticipation the bud finally bursts open into this beautiful blossom that bedazzles our senses. But this year is like no other, with two world-wide crises tearing long-held systems and beliefs to shreds.

This year especially, we need to spend time within the beauty...

April 5, 2020

by Kristina Lefever for the Tidings   April 3, 2020 ~

Having a home, no matter the species, is so important — a home you know is always there, fits your size and your lifestyle, and keeps you and your family safe.

Safe homes are vitally important for pollinators too, and there are many reasons their homes are disappearing. With decades of pestic...

January 1, 2020

By Kristina Lefever for the Tidings   December 31, 2019 ~  

I was in Los Angeles for a few days recently -- how different it is from where we live! Different is an understatement, right?

Granted, my wandering consisted of a 15 minute Uber ride for a few (organic) items for my hotel refrigerator, but I saw enough to know that few p...

October 7, 2019

By Julia Babb for Pollinator Project Rogue Valley

We hear a good deal about bees, butterflies and hummingbirds as pollinators. But I have also heard about bats being pollinators, so I wondered if any of our Oregon bats were nectar eaters and could be considered “Pollineighbors”. An hour on the internet finally yielded an excellent list of 15 bats co...

October 4, 2019

By Kristina Lefever for the Tidings   October 1, 2019 ~  

As a pollinator person, I don’t usually get excited about lawns. And city parks, schoolyards, and public green spaces make me a little nervous, because I think about the toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that are probably being used in these places where people co...

August 3, 2019

By Kristina Lefever for the Tidings July 30, 2019 ~

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the hemp fields that are taking over Southern Oregon. With almost 13,000 acres planted in hemp in Jackson and Josephine Counties alone, people are noticing. Not only the number of acres — but the plastic! (some organic vegetable growers also use plastic).


May 3, 2019

By Kristina Lefever for the Tidings May 2, 2019 ~ 

As I was thinking about what to write, I realized that so much has happened since my previous column in December. So here’s a recap of some of the things that will benefit pollinators (and people) — or not — both locally and globally. On my list at least, the Good outnumbers the Not-So-Good.


January 1, 2019

By Kristina Lefever for the Tidings  December 30, 2018

I am continuing my theme from November (“Bee Engaged”) because, yes, together, we can make change happen. Hopefully you agree.

In my last column I expressed concerns about Section 9101 in the proposed Farm Bill, which would have removed current and future abilities of municipal governments to res...

November 12, 2018

By Kristina Lefever for the Tidings November 1, 2018 ~ 

I love the “Engage Ashland” idea recently put forward by the city. Yes, Ashland (and other places) are so much improved when residents engage and do things. So, this column is a riff on that idea, offering several more ways to “get engaged.”

First, I’d like to thank Nina Egert for her investi...

August 18, 2018

By Kristina Lefever for the Tidings  

Even with the seemingly unending issues that we are dealing with — especially smoke and fire — we are fortunate to live where we do. Not only is this an amazing part of the country, Ashland is home to a large population of passionate people working on issues to make our city, county and world a better plac...

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