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Chuck Burr stands with some red chard at his organic seed farm on May 12, 2014 outside Ashland, Ore. Fearful that genetically engineered sugar beets being grown for seed by the Swiss company Syngenta could pollinate their crops of beet and chard seed, organic farmers are asking voters to approve bans on growing genetically engineered crops in Jackson and Josephine counties. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
Honeybee pollination is responsible for successful crop production and annually generates $7 billion for Arizona agriculture, according to a University of Arizona study. One-third of America’s diet is the result of bee pollination and honey and one crop, California almonds, relies on honeybees for pollination, reports the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct. Even native solitary bees are in decline. Food supplies dependent upon pollinators are threatened.
Flogging Molly are the headliners of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day music festival, but Valley favorites Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers just might steal the show.
The City of Mesa will host Living Green events this month to educate residents on solar cooking and butterfly preservation.
After years of simple solids and geometric prints, the lowly flower is making a comeback in decor. Floral patterns have been blooming all over fashion runways in recent months, and they are slowly finding their way back into the world of home decorating, too.
MEXICO CITY — The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday, after numbers dropped to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993.
You might deck your halls with boughs of homegrown holly, but unless you planned ahead, those boughs could lack red berries. And that leads us to some frank talk about sex.
September finds me saving seeds of some of this year's best sweet peppers and most colorful flowers to plant in next year's garden.
The cheery blue color of dayflowers (Commelina communis) — so named because each flower lasts but a day — does nothing to dispel some pity I feel for them.
Grass isn't always the best groundcovers for a yard: It's thirsty at a time when water is becoming scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain, and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow.
Finding air-conditioned summer entertainment can be tricky in the Valley of the Sun. It got a bit easier when Arizona’s newest cultural attraction — Butterfly Wonderland — opened last month in Scottsdale.
Looking for some help in the garden? Many of nature's most useful critters lie literally at our feet, underappreciated and ignored despite their ability to eliminate insects, condition soils and pollinate plants.
This March 7, 2009 photo shows a toad in a residential garden in New Market, Va. Toads, turtles, moths, moles, dragonflies, snakes and spiders are among the many wild things that can help maintain a landscape yet most go unappreciated or ignored despite their ability to kill insects, condition soil and pollinate plants. Harmful insects make up more than 60 percent of a toad's daily diet. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) governing board members, MCCCD leadership and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) president Linda Lujan participated in a ground breaking ceremony of the new Coyote Center located on CGCC’s Pecos Campus on March 22. The Coyote Center will serve as the front door to the college in location, appearance and function. It will provide a range of services to new and continuing students ranging from admissions and enrollment to advising as well as support of student fitness and athletics. Student enrollment services will be delivered through a one-stop model, consistent with the One Maricopa “Seamless Student Experience.”
Butterflies should get a lot easier to spot starting this Spring in Scottsdale.
As Arizona's U.S. Senate race enters its final days, the two candidates hoping to succeed retiring Sen. Jon Kyl are playing to their strengths: Republican Jeff Flake is calling in presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to help close his argument for victory with the state's conservative-leaning electorate. Democrat Richard Carmona is reaching out to independents and Hispanics, two key voting blocs that could help him pull off an upset.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center hosts the third annual Enchanted Trail/Sendero Encantado from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Those pesky mosquitoes and buzzing bees can be relentless and even a source of fear for some people. With mosquito season in full swing, you can learn how to protect yourself during a free workshop July 27 at Mesa’s Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.
Brown-Bag It: All About Bees: Bee natural, pack a sandwich and learn all about this tiny pollinator during Ranger B.’s one-hour presentation. There will be a snake-feeding immediately after and a free flashlight walk at 8 p.m.
It won’t be long before Arizona’s famous heat ensures the only thing stirring outside are heat waves themselves. Fortunately, there’s still time to enjoy something much prettier moving around out there.
Children can learn more about flying things during “Wing it!” family day 10 a.m. May 6 at Mesa’s Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson St.
Trees. Grass. Pollen.
About 20 second-graders in Kristine Baglini's class sit on hay bales outside the library. They kick their feet against the bales, talking excitedly to each other with eyes wandering over the raised planting beds in front of them.
Here’s a happy hour with a twist. Instead of heading to the bar for a drink with co-workers, you can have a beer with the birds.