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Bees are intelligent, compassionate creatures responsible for 90% of the world’s food. They contribute to sustainable farming, biodiversity, environmental protection, and more. Listen in to learn about the wonderful world of native bees and how you can nurture the literal busy bees of Mother Nature.

The Bee's Knees Jacy Meyer

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Bees are intelligent, compassionate creatures responsible for 90% of the world’s food. They contribute to sustainable farming, biodiversity, environmental protection, and more. Listen in to learn about the wonderful world of native bees and how you can nurture the literal busy bees of Mother Nature.

    Buzzworthy Bites: A Deep Dive into the Nutritional Habits of Bees

    Buzzworthy Bites: A Deep Dive into the Nutritional Habits of Bees

    It’s not news that the food we eat should be nutritious, but are the floral resources we provide to bees actually what they need? We explore the intricate world of bee nutrition with our guest Dr. Sarah Leonhardt. We chat about the importance of pollen and nectar, the challenges in analyzing pollen chemistry, the impact of climate change on flower quality, and the need to deepen our understanding of bee nutrition amidst environmental changes. It’s a conversation on the critical role of ...

    • 14 min
    Nature's Little Heroes: Celebrating World Bee Day and International Day for Biological Diversity

    Nature's Little Heroes: Celebrating World Bee Day and International Day for Biological Diversity

    The month of May buzzes with significance for our tiny yet mighty bees. We kick off with World Bee Day on May 20, a global celebration aiming to spotlight the critical role bees and other pollinators play in ensuring food security, promoting sustainable agriculture, and preserving biodiversity. And then we move right into the International Day for Biodiversity on May 22, reflecting on the rich tapestry of life that makes up our ecosystems and the importance of its preservation, reflected in t...

    • 5 min
    Buzzing Backyard Biodiversity: Fostering Native Bee Habitats

    Buzzing Backyard Biodiversity: Fostering Native Bee Habitats

    Providing nesting areas and floral resources for bees contributes to the conservation of biodiversity. Taking care of our native bees is one of the best ways to safeguard our environment. We’re speaking with Justina Block who shares her journey of raising native bees at home to starting a business promoting native bees and their habitats which led to a research-based project looking for the best floral resources for mason bees.What's on your buzzy mind? Send us a text message and let us know!...

    • 17 min
    Bee-friendly Lawns: Mowing Less is a Big Win for Bees

    Bee-friendly Lawns: Mowing Less is a Big Win for Bees

    Let your lawn become a haven for bees! Did you know that by mowing less and nurturing the wildflowers that bring them joy, you can support bee abundance and diversity? Today, we’re talking with Dr. Susannah Lerman about her research study that found mowing lawns less can be a simple and cost-effective way to support bee populations without the need for replacing lawns or creating separate pollinator gardens.What's on your buzzy mind? Send us a text message and let us know!Thanks for listening...

    • 20 min
    Nature Recovery: Connecting Spaces for Bees

    Nature Recovery: Connecting Spaces for Bees

    Let’s talk about the challenges wild and native bees face, with a particular focus on habitat loss. Beyond just the scarcity of floral resources, we’re looking at the often-overlooked aspect of nesting site depletion when natural landscapes are transformed for agriculture or urban development. My guest Aaron Bhambra introduces us to lowland heath, an internationally threatened ecosystem, and the tormentil mining bee, an endangered species.What's on your buzzy mind? Send us a text message and ...

    • 14 min
    Native vs. Non-Native: Examining the Effects of Pollinator-Friendly Plantings

    Native vs. Non-Native: Examining the Effects of Pollinator-Friendly Plantings

    The native versus non-native plant debate for native bees is one that demands careful consideration. We talk to Dr. Nicole Seitz who believes that while native plants remain the preferred option for supporting native bees, the inclusion of high-quality pollinator-friendly non-native plants can be good supplementary resources for bees in areas where natural systems are scarce.What's on your buzzy mind? Send us a text message and let us know!Thanks for listening! Visit our website for show note...

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