Sleeping bee photo courtesy: Joe Neely, https://www.jmneelyphotography.com/

National Pollinator Week Day 6: Globe Mallow Bees

Today is Saturday, and while you were probably sleeping in, it’s most likely that the bees were too. Have you ever seen a bee nap? Well today, National Pollinator Week Day 6, is dedicated to a little pollinator known for many things, and one of them is their notorious tendency to nap in flowers all dusted with pollen. Have you ever fallen asleep after eating some cake to wake up and find …continue reading

2021-09-18T12:01:34-07:00June 26th, 2021|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|
(Male Anna’s) Photo Courtesy: 2013 © Kyle Blaney

National Pollinator Week Day 5: Hummingbirds

We know what you’re thinking, Hummingbirds are a big topic for such a small bird. With about 15 different species nesting in North America, there are several species that visit during migration. So for National Pollinator Week Day 5 we’re going to celebrate Hummingbirds and keep it simple like simple syrup. Let’s talk about the ones we love to watch in our California landscape – you know, the small bolting creatures that …continue reading

2021-09-18T12:01:34-07:00June 25th, 2021|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|
leafcutter bee cutting leaves into perfectly round shapes

National Pollinator Week Day 4: Leafcutter Bees

National Pollinator Week Day 4 is all about Leafcutter Bees! Yesterday we gave our attention and support to Mason and Blue Orchard Bees, two species of the Megachilidae family and both very important native pollinators of some of our favorite spring foods. Today, we are not straying too far from these busy little fruit pollinators as we dedicate our Thursday to the Leafcutter Bee. The Leafcutter is also a member of the …continue reading

2021-09-18T12:01:34-07:00June 24th, 2021|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|
Blue Orchard Bee Photo Courtesy: © 2019 dvoribird

National Pollinator Week Day 3: Mason Bees &...

  National Pollinator Week Day 3 is all about Mason Bees, a native species of bee in the Osmia genus and the Megachilidae family. Blue orchard bees are also a mason bee, and sometimes called Orchard Mason Bees. Mason bees are a native species of bee that play an important role in pollinating food plants and for the Blue Orchard, orchard trees. Some of these foods include almonds, …continue reading

2021-09-18T12:01:34-07:00June 23rd, 2021|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus Plexippus), a member of the Nymphalida

National Pollinator Week Day 2: Monarch Butterflies

National Pollinator Week Day 2 is all about Monarch Butterflies! They are scientifically known as Danaus plexippus, belonging to the Nymphalidae family. As we all well know, the monarch is a crucial and highly studied species of milkweed butterfly and it calls many places home as it migrates throughout North and Central America. These beautifully winged creatures prepare for the cold weather of winter and begin to fly south, from as north …continue reading

2021-09-18T12:01:34-07:00June 22nd, 2021|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|
Male squash bee

National Pollinator Week Day 1: Squash Bees

female squash bee with pollen, photo by E. Youngsteadt We’re kicking off National Pollinator Week with waffles! Wait, what? Yes, waffles. Not just any waffles though – zucchini waffles! We’re doing this in support of a very specific and extremely helpful bee native to North America: the Squash Bee, belonging to the two Peponapis and Xenoglossa genera. Hearing your garden bed zooming and buzzing more than usual as those squash blossoms bloom? …continue reading

2021-09-18T12:01:34-07:00June 21st, 2021|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|
ESLT Sunflower Kids Garden Project third-grade students observing the growth of their sunflowers

Getting Creative in the Garden with Bishop Elementary...

How we adapted ESLT’s Sunflower Kids Garden Program in a school year of unpredictability. By Gabrielle Tribelli, ESLT Education Coordinator and Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Member   2020-2021 was a school year like no other for students everywhere. Undergoing constant modifications to class structure, size, curriculum, duration, and social-emotional outlets, these scholars built resilient. So when the regular timing of ESLT’s Sunflower Kids Program was just around the corner in April, I was …continue reading

2021-09-18T12:01:34-07:00June 9th, 2021|Blog, Pollinator Gardens|

Welcome Gabrielle Tribelli, our new Education Coordinator &...

Welcome to Gabrielle Tribelli! Our ESLT team is thrilled that Gabrielle has joined us as our 2020/2021 Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member. Gabrielle comes to us through the Sierra Nevada Alliance's Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP)—a selective program that places young leaders with conservation agencies and organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada each year. SNAP members like Gabrielle have been working with ESLT ever since the SNAP program began in 2009. By focusing …continue reading

2021-08-12T14:03:54-07:00October 27th, 2020|Blog, Featured, Pollinator Gardens, Press Releases, SNAP, What's New|

Brainstorming Through A Second AmeriCorps Year

I'm not going to lie... my second AmeriCorps term with ESLT has been challenging! I joke about how, at the start of my second term, we promised it would be different form my first year. What we didn't know was just how different it would be. I started the year with an absolutely incredible experience at the Land Trust Alliance's Rally, a national land conservation conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I …continue reading

2020-09-17T15:40:46-07:00September 17th, 2020|Blog, Featured, Pollinator Gardens, SNAP, What's New|

Ring in Spring! See you this Saturday at...

Look outside! Birds and butterflies are on the wing, early blooms are splashing the valley with vibrant colors and community members across the region are preparing their soon-to-be-flourishing gardens. Spring has finally arrived and the Eastern Sierra is filled with life. To celebrate this season of new growth, Bishop-based nonprofit Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) invites community members of all ages to ring in spring at their 10th annualGardenFest Celebration. This free, …continue reading

2019-05-01T18:04:41-07:00May 1st, 2019|Blog, Pollinator Gardens, Press Releases|