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BeeGap Program


                    National Garden Clubs, Inc. announces a partnership with Crown Bees
                    to increase native bee awareness, and encourage gardeners to add
                    gentle, rarely stinging mason bees for food and flower pollination.
                    Creating edible landscapes and bee-safe habitats in backyards can 
                    help save the food supply threatened by declining honey bee pollinators.

BeeGap Program Information

                    Taking action to support our native pollinators is as simple as being informed. 
                    Please consider contacting Rene' Lynch who is a member of the NGC Bee Gap 
                    Speakers Bureau. She would be happy to share her updated bee program for
                    your club meeting or as a presentation your club might sponsor at a community
                    event.    Contact Rene' at reneclynch@aol.com

                    Be informed and spread the word. There are many things we can do to make
                    a difference.

The Buzzz

By Rene’ Lynch, FGCM BeeGap Chairman


I’m choosing to write a little bit about several subjects regarding nature and our environment, not just about bees.

In truth I have much to do in the garden, but those darn gnats love me extra special, making it impossible to do much for any length of time. They are officially the worst in twenty years and I can affirm it!


I am determined. In my raised bed vegetable gardens, I’m already harvesting some lovely lettuce…but the green and yellow beans never germinated…..I guess some seeds do get too old. I should have tried to pre-germinate, but I was sure bean seeds were reliable. Will need to do a replant of those rows.

Current reads have caught my attention. In case you missed them, I’m highlighting some areas of information I feel are important. Earth Crosses Troubling Carbon Dioxide Threshold, the Star Tribune, Chris Mooney, Friday May 11,” For the first time since humans have been monitoring, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have exceeded 410 parts per million averaged across an entire month, a threshold that pushes the planet ever closer to warming beyond levels that scientists and the international community have deemed safe.” The article is not a doomsday article, but it should remind us that anything we can do to help our planet stay safe does make a difference, when we are many.

 A recent article published in my local Chaska Herald by the current Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum states, our average winter temperatures and length of growing season are higher and longer showing we might be becoming more of a Zone 5 rather than a 4. We might want to try planting some always wanted that and give those plants a try, especially in those micro-zones in your yard that have proven to be closer to zone 5 than 4.

They are singing now. You Can’t Help but Hear Toads, Star Tribune, by Jim Gilbert, “Contrary to superstition, you won’t get warts on your hands for handling toads, but you will learn something about amphibians.” They feel cool because they are coldblooded, which means the blood is the temperature of its surroundings. “Although the warty skin of the toad suggests great age, it grows fast and reaches maturity in two to three years. There is a record of a toad living for 36 years.”

I have planted my milkweed in hopes of hosting some monarchs. Chirping, Thumping, Fluttering, Star Tribune, Friday, May 25,” Jim Gilbert, “Look for your first of the year Monarch butterfly.” I saw mine on Sunday the 20th while birding at Louisville Swamp off HWY 169 South.

Which leads into my birding adventures this spring and how much I have enjoyed this activity. I was recently at Red Rock Reservoir in Central Iowa and happened upon one of my best birding days ever! Getting to share it with a cousin, as we used to do when we were young mothers, made it one for the memory books. This was a week later than the usual optimum warbler migration time. It was a joy.

 I have been birding for over 50 years and was thrilled to get a new life list sighting “confirmed” of the Canada Warbler. Here are some of the special sightings and not nearly our list for the day. Baltimore Orioles in record number, Orchard Orioles, many Red Breasted Grosbeaks, Palm Warblers, Tennessee Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Black Pole Warblers, Black & White Warbler, Redstarts, Wilson Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, Prothonotary Warbler, Blue Gray Gnat Catcher, Least Flycatcher, Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, Greater Yellow Legs and Scarlet Tanager.  Whoop, whoop what a great day. Where were the Vireos?

Take a few minutes every day to appreciate nature and compile some memories of your own.

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