04 March 2008

For the Birds and Bees

My friend Jimmy makes these screech owl boxes, and he gave us this one a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I think we just missed the season just before mating when the birds are hunting for nesting sites. Hopefully this will attract a screecher next year!

I built this wabi-sabi native bee and bug house for the burrowers. We have about 4,000 native bees in this country and many are extremely important pollinators. Non-native--but also critically important--honey bees, Apis mellifera, visit the garden all the time from hives that must be relatively close. But, I'm hoping this box will attract a more diverse pollinating crew, cuckoo bees and the like. For instructions on building your own, check out the Xerces Society [pdf].


Rachel said...

Oh, wow! Your bee house is very cool. I'm quite interested in preserving and building the bee populations around my garden, as well, so I'll have to check that out.

Rachel @ in bloom

Kylee Baumle said...

Ooooh, I think the alfalfa bees we have would LOVE that bee house!

Becca said...

Bless you for posting that link to build a bee house! I love my bees and am constantly trying to think of ways to get more of them in our yard!