Search
Close this search box.

Meet North America’s Native Pollinator: The Blue Orchard Bee

The honeybee is not native to North America, but was brought over by Europeans in the 1600’s, as their preferred pollinator. Despite a lack of honeybees, North America did have its own pollinators, in the form of other bee species. The most well-known of these is the blue orchard bee, also known as BOB, and it also turns out to be a more efficient pollinator than the average honeybee. However, while a better pollinator, BOBs are also solitary creatures, preferring to live on their own, as opposed to the large hives that honeybees form. The USDA has been experimenting with different strategies in order to better entice BOBs to stay in one area and pollinate, and it remains to see whether these strategies will work long term.

Read the full article

More content to discover

Compost for Good is Reimaging Waste with North Country Towns and Businesses

Each year, Americans discard 120 billion pounds of food scraps. That’s 325 pounds per person, or about 40% of the total waste stream. Packed into landfills, these food scraps generate greenhouse gasses as they slowly decompose. The same food scraps, when processed through a composting facility, regenerate as materials that

Read More »

Regional Food Justice Summit Seeks to Give Everyone a Seat at the Table

The 6th annual Food Justice Summit for the Adirondacks will take place on Thursday February 29th at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Individuals from all twelve counties of the Adirondack Park will gather at this event to discuss pressing topics related to equitable food systems. Its purpose is

Read More »

Executive Director Sawyer Bailey Testifies Before NYS Senate & Assembly 

On January 24, AdkAction Executive Director Sawyer Bailey testified at the NY State Legislature Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation. She shared some of the negative impacts overuse of road salt has had on people in the Adirondacks, including salt contamination of drinking water. She urged the State to adopt salt

Read More »
Close