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12 Days of Pollinators!

December 2022

May your holiday bee more wonderful with this series by Ethan Robison, Pollinator Educator and Outreach Specialist!

If you'd like to put out a feeder for hummingbirds this winter, try adding a bit more sugar to your syrup mixture. This will LOWER the freezing point of the syrup, so it will stay liquid at colder temperatures! But once summer comes around, be sure to return to your normal ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.

You may not even see these ground nesting bees! Seventy percent of bees nest in the ground, so those little holes in your backyard just might be home to several baby bees! Avoiding pesticide use and not laying down thick layers of woody mulch is really important to avoid hurting them. We agree with the The Xerces Society : “When it comes to ground nesting bees, access to bare ground is essential, and even a 1-inch layer of mulch can be as impenetrable as pavement to these small bees.