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Observation Bee Hives – Reno Bees have safe haven from pesticides


Thank you Barbara for the cute Bee Socks and Organic Sunflower Seeds! https://www.facebook.com/barbara.rainey.5


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KTVN Channel 2 – Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video –

Happy Friday Everyone! Here are the videos from yesterdays news coverage. Please help a girl out and go comment on the news videos and articles. Remind them that plants treated with neonics or pesticides kill bees. Ask our local garden shops to carry more certified USDA organic seeds and flowers for our native pollinators! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo





Nevada’s First Bee/Insect Hotel at Galena Visitor Center

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After months of work, we have our first certified Bee Habitat in place.

Please come out and help us complete the Bee Hotel.

We need the following donations:

– Terracotta or clay flower pots
– Roof tiling
– Honeycombed bricks
– Breakthroughs logs
– mixture of clay and straw
– hollow steams (reed, bamboo,)
– marrow steams (elderberry, blackberry, raspberry, buddleia, rosbrush)
– straw
– very close small boards of wood
– thin rope
– little woods boards (3’’)
– butterfly attractive
– stacked dead wood
– mud

Call Sandy at 775 453 6120 or Elrick at the number below with any questions.

Galena visitor center located at 18250 Mount Rose Highway, Reno, NV 89511
(775) 849-4948.

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Bee Safe Pollinator Garden

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We are reviewing/considering moving forward with a pollinator garden at The Galena Visitor Center. Please find attached plans and information regarding this bee garden.
I feel we could create curriculum to tie into the bee garden and hotel that would enrich the existing programs, classes and events you host currently for The Great Basin Institute.
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Thank you for working to help make Reno parks a safer environment for our community as well as local wildlife, bees and our pets.
Please find attached landscape plans for 3 pollinator friendly parks created by Jana Vanderhaar, Sandy Rowley, Linda Allison and other Bee Habitat volunteers.
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We have a combined 40 years experience with organic and permaculture based landscaping services.
The existing plants are great foraging for pollinators and we plan to keep them in the garden. We will be adding complimentary plants
to fill in areas to prevent  weed growth and maximize existing visual appeal of the garden. *See attached list of
neonicotinoid free plants to be used in the new garden.
Please see attached 3 sample pollinator garden plans as ideas free to use as you wish.
Our goals are to weed the flower bed, then apply an organic compost tea before planting new flowers and shrubs.
After installing new plants, we will then apply a thick layer of composting materials. This will help minimize new weeds from taking
root. The compost tea along with organic mulch will help build the quality of the soil, thus fending off weed growth.
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We would then install a stingless bee hotel as visual interest for the park. These bee hotels are for non aggressive solitary and stingless bees.
See sample bee hotels designs in this post.
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Signage is an important part of the work, resources, money and time we are donating to the GBI. Pesticide Free Pollinator Garden by Bee Habitat, Great Basin Institute & Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors.  Please see attached and images below as examples.
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Maintenance would require water and mulching 2 or 3 times a year.
Last but not least, the center would need to agree in writing to not use any chemicals in the management of this garden. This includes all pesticides, herbicides, slimicides, adulticides and the like.
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Reno/Sparks Association of Realtor’s has expressed interest in helping maintain this garden if needed.
We would like to start in a week.  Hope to hear from you soon.
All the best,
Sandy Rowley
Bee Habitat
Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors
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