Archive for the ‘Bees’ Category

Bees of the sea

I like the title of this article so much I decided just to go with it. Who knew that there were actually marine animals that pollinated plants in the ocean just like bees and other animals on land.

To learn more, check out the article entitled “Like bees of the sea, plankton pollinate plants For the first time, scientists have shown that an ocean plant is pollinated by zooplankton and other tiny marine animals.” by Russell McLendon over at Mother Nature Network. How cool is that?!



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So while bees continue to struggle both here and elsewhere around the world, apparently the country of Norway has started to do something about it. This according to the article entitled “Oslo builds its bees a highway of flowers

Buzzingly beautiful-


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Bee business

Bee’s have always been one of my favorite animals. As a kid, we use to stop on our family vacations at this restaurant (and I can’t for the life of me remember the name) but anyway, we use to see the bee’s making their honey.

When scientist talk about bee’s today unfortunately, it’s about what’s killing them and how can we help them. So just the other day I finally requested this book I’ve been meaning to read entitled Bees: Natures Little Wonders by Candace Savage. I can’t wait to start reading it to see what we can do.

On top of that, I came across this great article about this gentleman right across the river in Illinois and it’s entitled “Man’s Lifelong Interest Becomes Bee Business” by Scott Fitzgerald at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Well worth the read!



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A bat that crawls and a bee that lives alone

With much of the midwest covered in snow today and since I got off work early, I decided to go through my stack of old (really old) articles and found a couple about animals that apparently go against the grain.

The first one is about a bee that likes to go solo in this article entitled “Rare Bee Species Lives Alone, Makes Nest Out of Flower Petals” by Jerry James Stone at Treehugger.

The other article is about a bat that not only likes hanging around but can also get along on the ground in  “A Bat That Crawls as Much as It Flies Shows Ancient Lineages” by Katherine Harmon at Scientific American. Unfortunately since the article is rather old (2009),  I was unable to track it down online. If I do find it available somewhere else, I will keep you posted.



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Update: I found the link!

Hot, cold, hot, cold

So once again our weather here goes back down closer to spring, following summer, then spring, then summer, anyway you get the point. Meanwhile, I’ve seen numerous articles in my local paper regarding various species and how this affects the climate around us and indirectly our habitat.

On the up side we have “Global Warming Benefits Once Rare Butterfly” by Seth Borenstein via the Associated Press.

However, on the flip side there is “Smog Damaging Sequoia Trees” by Tracie Cone, again via the Associated Press.

While in between and half way around the world there is “Britain Hopes for Bee Revival” by Meera Selva and yet once again via the Associated Press.

You be the judge!


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Science fair 2011

As we’ve now started on my kids science fair projects, I thought I would a couple of articles. One on the Science Fair itself and one on the topic my daughter’s project idea, bees.

First up, this article entitlted “Obama’s Challenge: Can Science Fair Compete with the Super Bowl?” by Todd Frankel at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Go Science Fair!

With that said, I found this article last year to show that even 8 year olds (also my daughter’s age) can get published and contribute to the field of science. It’s entitled “8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study” by Lisa Grossman over at Wired via American Scientist.

Way to go!

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A, Bee, C…

With my intent tonight to read a book (about bee’s) from the pre-school my mom started years ago and after looking through some old family pictures last night of that school, I thought it would be good to follow those articles from my last post with few that I didn’t get too.

First up, not sure what bee’s are good for? Check out “Beehive Fence Deters Elephant Raiders” at Science Daily.

Then, for those of you who do know what bee’s are good for, check out “Start Anew: Become a Honey Farmer” by Makenna Goodman at Chelsea Green.

Then for those who have read all the doom and gloom about the bee honey collapse, we have “A Cure for Honey Bee Coloney Collapse?”at Science Daily and “Can Native Black Honeybee May Save UK Bee Industry?” by Sami Grover at Treehugger.

Finally, even with all the bad news there is this article, which is the best news of all. It’s entitled “Domesticated Bee Numbers Soar Amid Buzzing Demand” from the Agence France-Presse courtesy of Mother Nature Network.


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