Christine Casey, academic program management officer of the Bee Haven, will teach the classes. The $50 registration fee for each class covers a light breakfast and course materials. Proceeds will support the operation of The Haven.
The first class, on "I Planted a Bee Garden," will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Bee Haven, located on Bee Biology Road, next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Topics will cover turf removal and weed control, best bee plants for new gardeners, and turf vs. bee garden maintenance. Enrollment is limited to 25. To register, access
The second class, "Pruning the Bee Garden," will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5. "Bee gardens are all about flowers, and pruning The Haven's plants is an essential part of creating ample flowers for our bees," Casey said. Topics will include pruning techniques and strategies for many plant types; the science and biology of pruning; and practice pruning techniques in The Haven. To register, access
UC Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the Department of Entomology and Nematology serves the faculty director of the half-acre garden, planted in the fall of 2019 under the direction of interim department chair Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Häagen-Dazs was the primary donor. (See timeline and history of the garden.)
The garden features art projects by the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, co-founded and co-directed by the duo of entomologist/artist Diane Ullman, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of Davis. A 200-pound ceramic-mosaic bee sculpture, Miss Bee Haven by Billick anchors the garden.
The Haven is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. For more information access the website, Facebook page, Casey's Bee Gardener blog on the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources website, the Instagram account or the Twitter account.
The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's bee garden is the first on the list of the UC Davis Staff Assembly's "2022-23 Aggie Explorations" tours.
UC Davis staff are invited to register and participate on the Tuesday, Sept. 20 tour of the half-acre bee garden, known as the UC Davis Bee Haven. It is located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, west of the UC Davis campus. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. and is open only to staff.
UC Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the Department of Entomology and Nematology serves the faculty director of the garden, and Christine Casey is the academic program management officer.
The garden was planted in the fall of 2019 under the direction of interim department chair Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Häagen-Dazs was the primary donor. (See timeline and history of the garden.)
"The Honey Bee Haven will be a pollinator paradise," Kimsey related in December 2008. "It will provide a much needed, year-round food source for our bees at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. We anticipate it also will be a gathering place to inform and educate the public about bees. We are grateful to Haagen-Dazs for its continued efforts to ensure bee health."
The garden, Kimsey said, would include a seasonal variety of blooming plants that will provide a year-round food source for honey bees. It would be a living laboratory supporting research into the nutritional needs and natural feeding behaviors of honey bees and other insect pollinators. She added that visitors would be able to glean ideas on how to establish their own bee-friendly gardens and help to improve the nutrition of bees in their own backyards.
UC Davis Staff Assembly has scheduled five campus tours as part of its "A Taste of UC Davis," commemorating the UC Davis ranking as the nation's leading school in agriculture. The tours are open to staff only.
In addition to the UC Davis Bee Haven, venues include (see updates here):
- UC Davis Brewing Lab
Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon to 1 p.m.
- The Pantry
Thursday, Nov. 17, Noon to 1 p.m.
- UC Davis Student Farm
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, Noon to 1 p.m.
- Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
Wednesday, Feb. 22, Noon to 1 p.m.
- UC Davis Meat Laboratory
- UC Davis Coffee Center
- UC Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery
"We are currently recruiting participants for our Breakfast with the Chancellor series!" noted Scott Loewen-Towner, UC Davis Staff Asssembly coordinator, conference and event services. The Breakfast with the Chancellor program is a unique opportunity for staff to meet with the Chancellor and fellow campus leaders to discuss topics that impact staff. Through this program, we invite staff to share ideas on how to improve processes, increase revenue, implement solutions to challenges experienced by staff, and more. Learn more and submit your interest form to attend Breakfast with the Chancellor."
"Our CrowdFund will provide funding to three Title I schools or affiliated youth groups that will cover the guided tour fee and transportation costs for up to 50 people (students, teachers, parents) to participate in a 90-minute field trip at the Bee Haven on the UC Davis campus," announced Christine Casey, academic program management officer for the UC Davis Bee Haven, an educational bee demonstration garden maintained and operated by the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
"Participants will see and learn about the 200 plant and 80 bee species that occur at the Haven. They will safely catch and observe bees and participate in a grade-appropriate bee monitoring exercise that will introduce them to scientific research and create a memorable learning adventure about bees, plants, science, and the natural world. We'll also provide books for each school's library that can be used to extend program impact." View Casey's YouTube video.
Casey serves as the Crowdfund leader. Assisting her are Haven volunteers Connie Alexich, Diane Kelly, and Barbara Heinsch.
The bee garden, located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, is open daily from dawn to dusk except for Tuesdays (open at 10 a.m.) "so we can maintain physical distance during garden maintenance," Casey says.
The UC Davis Bee Haven was installed in the fall of 2009 during the interim department-chair term of Professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Art by the UC Davis Art-Science Fusion, co-directed and co-founded by Diane Ullman, professor and former chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and Donna Billick of Davis, graces the garden. Billick, a self-described "rock artist, created the six-foot-long, 200-pound ceramic mosaic sculpture of a worker bee, "Miss Bee Haven," in 2010.
All contributions to support the fundraising project are welcome and appreciated. Access the CrowdFund site at https://crowdfund.ucdavis.edu/project/29773. As of 11 a.m. today (Feb. 17), donations amounted to $575. The project ends at 12:59 p.m., Feb. 28.
- Asian giant hornets (aka "murder hornets"): 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, by Professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
- Ants: 11 a.m., to noon, Saturday, Feb. 20, by Professor Phil Ward, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
- Bees: 12:15 to 12:45, Tuesday, Feb. 23, by Christine Casey, manager of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
- Botanical Conservatory (in Spanish): 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, by collections manager Ernesto Sandoval (postponed)
To obtain the Zoom links, click here.
About UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Month
The 10th annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Month program is all virtual this year via live talks and demonstrations, and pre-recorded presentations. It's being celebrated throughout the month of February. The science-based event traditionally occurs on only one day--the Saturday of Presidents' Weekend, when families and friends gather on campus to learn first-hand about the UC Davis museums and collections. The 2020 event drew more than 4000 to the campus.
This year's biodiversity event is featuring 12 museums or collections:
- Anthropology Museum
- Arboretum and Public Garden
- Bohart Museum of Entomology
- Botanical Conservatory
- California Raptor Center
- Center for Plant Diversity
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven
- Nematode Collection
- Marine Invertebrate Collection
- Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
- Paleontology Collection
- Phaff Yeast Culture Collection
For more information and the schedule, access these two formats on the UC Davis Biodiversity program website: (1) live talks and demonstrations and (2) pre-recorded talks and activities. Information on the biodiversity museum events also appear on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, @BioDivDay.
If you'd like to donate to the UC Davis Diversity Museum Program in its crowdfunding efforts--this year is the 10th annual--click here. To donate to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, click here. To donate to the California Master Beekeeper Program, directed by Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, click here. Niño also serves as the director of the haven. Crowdfunding will continue through the month of February.
The California Center for Urban Horticulture and the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology are co-sponsoring a workshop,"Bee-ing a Better Bee Gardener," focusing on pollinators in the garden, on Saturday, Sept. 23 on the UC Davis campus.
The event takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 2 of Kleiber Hall. It is a fundraiser for the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, the half-acre garden next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, west of the central campus.
Following the program at Kleiber Hall, participants will visit the haven and are invited to purchase plants at a pollinator plant sale.
Organizers said that "you should plan to attend only if you are a Master Gardener, 'keen' gardener, or have an introductory background knowledge to one of the following: entomology, botany, horticulture, or plant/insect morphology or taxonomy."
The agenda includes:
7 a.m. Check In: Pick up materials and enjoy coffee and a light breakfast
Dave Fujino, director, California Center for Urban Horticulture
8 a.m.: Research Overview of the UC Davis Bee and Pollination Program
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
8:45: The Role of Floral Traits and Microbial Inhabitants on Pollinator Attraction
Rachel Vannette, assistant professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
9:45: Effects of Neonicotinoids on Pollinators
Maj Rundlof, Department of Biology, Lund University
10:45: Great Garden Plants for Pollinators
Ellen Zagory, director of horticulture, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, UC Davis
12:30: UC Davis Honey Bee Haven Research Update
Christine Casey, haven manager, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
1:30-3: Open House at Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Garden
Questions and answers with Christine Casey
Pollinator identification presentation
Special pollinator plant sale with difficult-to-find varieties
For registration and directions, see the CCUH page. The registration fee of $50 includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact program manager Eileen Hollett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530)-752 6642.