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Mason Bee Revolution

Author : Dave Hunter
ISBN : 1594859639
Genre : Gardening
File Size : 70. 30 MB
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"Honey Bees Make Honey; Mason Bees Make Food." - Author is at the leading edge of bee and pollinator issues - Mason bees are part of the solution to honeybees' decline - No other bee book addresses the topic with such depth and interest - Includes useful information about leafcutter bees too!The news regularly features dire stories on honeybee colony collapse and its danger to our food supply. But there's another, unsung bee that has the potential to save the planet-the mason bee. Mason Bee Revolution explains how docile, hard-working, solitary mason bees (and their compatriots, the leafcutter bees) are even more productive pollinators than honeybees, and keeping them can be a fun, easy, backyard hobby for gardeners, conservationists, foodies, and families everywhere. Why these bees? Bee pollination is critical for about 80 percent of US agricultural crops, increasing crop value by an estimated $15 billion annually. Since 2006, nearly a third of all honeybee hives have been lost annually, due to parasites, pesticides, habitat loss, climate change, and a newer malady called Colony Collapse Disorder. While scientists search for answers to save the honeybee, Dave Hunter and his company, Crown Bees, are leading the effort to increase the population of other bee pollinators, one garden at a time. Native solitary bees, such as the blue orchard mason bee or the alfalfa leafcutter bee, can efficiently pollinate alongside honeybees. Solitary bees are gentle, good-natured, and highly efficient pollinators: One mason bee can produce twelve pounds of cherries, via pollination, where it would take sixty honey bees to achieve the same. You can't harvest honey from mason bees, but you can create a robust backyard garden with healthy food crops-and increase the plant diversity and health of your neighborhood.Mason Bee Revolution is an easy-to-follow guide to keeping both mason and leafcutter bees. It tells you how to set up, care for, and harvest your own bees and what types of plants and habitat encourage mason and leafcutter bees, as well as provides general information on other common pollinators and bee-related facts, projects, and personalities.

The Orchard Mason Bee Osmia Lignaria Propinqua Cresson

Author : Brian L. Griffin
ISBN : 0963584103
Genre : Science
File Size : 49. 29 MB
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RAISE POLLINATING BEES IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD - here is all the information needed to capture & raise these docile wild bees at home. A must resource book for every fruit tree grower, whether a backyard gardener, or a commercial orchardist. These gentle little bees nest in holes in wood & are easy to propagate. They are native to almost all of the U.S. & Canada & they are far more better pollinators of fruit trees than honey bees. Illustrated with charming drawings by Sharon Smith, the book discusses the history, propagation, & use of the bee in a friendly conversational style. This is a book for the weekend gardener, the nature lover, the parent eager to excite his child with the wonders of nature. Solid scientific information presented in an entertaining easily read fashion-the author has created a delight. Endorsement- "Congratulations! I found your book on the Orchard Mason Bee fascinating. It is engrossing, scholarly, & well written in an informal, conversational style which holds the interest of non-scientists such as myself. I read every word."--Ruth Miller, master gardener. Griffin even sells the hibernating bees. Bee order form on last page.

The Dancing Bees

Author : Tania Munz
ISBN : 9780226020860
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Karl von Frisch, in January 1946, deciphered the dancing language of honeybees. Over the previous summer, he had discovered that the bees communicate the distance and direction of food sources by means of the dances they run upon returning from foraging flights. The news of the discovery, which led later to a Nobel Prize, quickly spread across Europe and beyond. The Dancing Bees is a dual biography on the one hand of von Frisch as one of the most innovative and successful scientists of the twentieth century and, on the other, of his honeybees as experimental and especially communicating animals that play a rich role in human culture."

Grass Soil Hope

Author : Courtney White
ISBN : 9781603585453
Genre : Science
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Explores the impact an increase in the carbon content in soil would have on greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, and offers ways to accomplish this.

The Satanic Verses

Author : Salman Rushdie
ISBN : 9780307786654
Genre : Fiction
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One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.

Nickel And Dimed

Author : Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN : 1429926643
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 78. 70 MB
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Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you int to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything -- from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal -- in quite the same way again.

Bees Of The World

Author : Christopher O'Toole
ISBN : 0816019924
Genre : Nature
File Size : 55. 47 MB
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Examines the variety of species, lifestyles, and life history of bees, and looks at their role in the ecosystem

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