This book on blue orchard bees is designed for the person who primarily looks at pictures and labels, rather than text, when reading the National Geographic. When the reader feels compelled, the book provides options for reading beyond the pictures. Six groups of readers are targeted:CALIFORNIA ALMOND GROWERS-Learn how to use BOBs to cut your risk and increase your production. Although the book specifically targets Fresno County almond ranches, growers though out the region will require minimal adaptation. The emphasis is on using honeybees, supplemented with BOBs. Topics include:Cutting your risk for the time when your honeybees fail to show up in JanuaryTaking your honeybee hat off and handling BOBs uniquely Knowing when to place BOBs in the orchardSaving money and gaining control by keeping BOBs in your refrigeratorDetermining where BOBs will give you the greatest gainMeasuring the effect of BOBs in your orchardBACKYARD KEEPERS OF OSMIA BEES-Learn how to grow Osmia bees. BOBs in California almonds is the example used in this book, but if the reader lives in Canada, China, England, or Japan; the practices generally are adaptable for other Osmia bees in other ecosystems. Topics include: Predicting if a pear, apple, or cherry tree responds well to Osmia pollination Making reed nests that collect heatUsing Dan Brown's method to determine if supplemental mud is required Matching the blooming tree with the emerging bee4H and FFA LEADERS-Learn how to guide a BOB pollination project. Topics include: How to raise BOBs and make nestsEssentials of fruit and nut tree pollinationHow to evaluate the BOB outcome and the pollination outcomeSOLITARY BEE RESEARCHERS-Learn of rich, new areas. Topics include: Creating anomalous nesting space to manipulate progeny genderUsing endothermy to explore getting Osmia bees flying in colder airInducing and measuring Osmia bee associated yield gradientsPROPONENTS OF AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY- Topics include: The fragility of an agricultural system that depends on a single insect for survivalHow the environment is manipulated around a wild insect to benefit man's endsHow a new pollinator can supplement the work of a traditional pollinatorUp close look at one of the larger agricultural moncultures in CaliforniaBACKYARD SCIENTISTS- For a naturalist, the Osmia bee can become the focus of a fascinating study. Topics include:Methods of obtaining thousands of data points with little effortExamples of some potentially rewarding systems to studyThis book on blue orchard bees is designed for the person who primarily looks at pictures and labels, rather than text, when reading the National Geographic.
|Title||:||Managing Blue Orchard Bees to Pollinate Amonds in Fresno County, CA|