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Old 02-07-2009, 06:25 PM   #31
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The emails from the Alien Plant Group & the Native Plant Group for the past 4 days included no job or internship offerings. (I know exactly because I didn't use my computer for 4 days and just downloaded my email:eek I don't remember how long I've been on the 2 list servvs, maybe a year.

Perhaps more than one listservv exists?
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:04 PM   #32
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There are many Listserves. Could be.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:38 AM   #33
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My mason bee blocks are out and ready for spring. In my area the first mason bees usually emerge about the time the maple trees bloom, or about 2 weeks before the apple trees begin to blossom.

Has anyone else put out bee nesting blocks?
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:41 PM   #34
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I have not tried a bee block but do have plenty of places for native bees to nest. Stems and bamboo clusters, undisturbed areas with no mulch, wood and rock piles, that sort of thing. The bumble bees were very active in the garden last year so I followed them until finally locating a nesting site along a sidewalk where the ground slopes away toward the rain garden. A space had developed between the walk and the soil.
It is hard to tell one from another with the solitary bees but I see a dark one with a yellow face hanging out on switchgrass or ratibida pinnata stems every summer. Leaf cutter bees leave telltale signs on the Redbud leaves so I know they are there but only see on occasion.
This summer I'm thinking of adding a tree snag,drilling holes and covering the top to keep out rain. I remember reading somewhere that hard wood is better because it does not absorb moisture and expand so like softwood.
Sounds like I should add a bee block too!
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Old 03-12-2009, 01:43 PM   #35
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I found a friend's DH who is into making these type of things, so I'm taking him the plans and see what it would take to get some boxes. I'm excited, this looks like great fun
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:26 PM   #36
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What happened with your friend who was going to look at the plans?
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:19 PM   #37
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It's on hold as she has mucho company right now, but maybe next week.
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