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Goldenrod: a late-summer feast for the bees

Goldenrod is one of those plants that everyone knows, but no one can identify—or so it seems. The genus Solidago—to which all the goldenrods belong—is extremely variable. The flowers, the leaves, even the general silhouette of the plant can vary markedly depending on where you live. The ones here on the west coast have baffled […] Read more

Joe-Pye weed for the pollinator garden

Joe-Pye weed, Eutrochium purpureum, is a tall perennial plant in the Asteraceae family that is well-known for its ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators to the garden. It was named for a native American herbalist, Joe Pye, who used it to treat various ailments, including fevers. A host of other names, including gravel root, […] Read more

Apiforestation: Reclaiming coal mines for the bees

If you’ve done much “bee reading” in the past few years, you’ve probably come across a fascinating history by Tammy Horn entitled Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation, which was published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2005. The book was a great success that helped launch Horn’s next project. […] Read more

Pheasants Forever provides bee habitat

Pheasants Forever, a non-profit conservation organization founded in Minnesota in 1982, promotes “the protection and enhancement of pheasants, quail and other wildlife populations” through its 27,000 members and 75 chapters. According to its website, , Pheasants Forever has completed projects that affect more than 242,000 acres of wildlife habitat. In a recent press release, […] Read more