A recent article by Colin Purrington explains 11 flaws encountered in commercially made houses intended for mason bees.
1. Nesting blocks, tubes, reeds are not removable
Glued nesting materials is the number one reason why most commercial bee hotesl can become death traps. Because the nesting material cannot be removed and cleaned (or just thrown out), over time there will be an increase in the population of parasitic wasps, parasitic bees, parasitic flies, kleptoparasitic mites, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. And you typically won’t see these dangers because the solitary bees will still use the hotel (they can’t help themselves). But inside, out of view, their eggs, larvae, and pupae are probably dying at a much higher rate than when you first installed the house. And if you leave that house out for years and decades, that pest-ridden hotel might be doing more to increase the population of pests than solitary bees.
Here is the complete list of 64 bird species seen or heard on the Greenstone trip July 7, 2019. Big thank you to Isaac Nelson for compiling this. Canada Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, …Continue reading →
This photo shows ants on a silky lupine flower. See the whitish grub-looking thing? That’s a caterpillar! It might grow up to be a beautiful butterfly one day. In particular, it’s a caterpillar in the family Lycaenidae. Watch how …Continue reading →
By Jesse Ritcey, ‘Next Generation Naturalists’ Program Manager. This article appeared in BC Nature Magazine, Summer 2019 BC Nature is starting to go gray. That’s been the observation locally and what we’ve been hearing from other clubs. Yet it is …Continue reading →
Request submitted by Rachel Canham who is a MSc. candidate at Simon Fraser University Rachel Canham MSc. Candidate firstname.lastname@example.org. Centre for Wildlife Ecology Department of Biological Sciences Simon Fraser University I work for Environment and Climate Change Canada with the …Continue reading →
There have been reports of Striped Coralroot recently so I will repost this story from April of last year.
There is a group of wildflowers that have learned how to cheat photosynthesis. This allows them to simplify physical structure and eliminate the work of making chlorophyll and their own food. It confers a significant survival advantage in low-light forest conditions.
Article submitted by Nancy Flood, President of the Kamloops Naturalist Club. This year, the Kamloops Naturalist Club staged a smaller event for the clean-up of the Dewdrop/Rosseau Creek Wildlife management Area compared to 2018, when we advertised more widely and …Continue reading →
The following resolution submitted by the Kamloops Naturalist Club was approved unanimously by club representatives who attended the BC Nature Annual General Meeting in Duncan, May 2-4, 2019. The resolution was written by Nancy Flood and is supported by 27 …Continue reading →
See also the notice under Events. The Kamloops Naturalist Club will be holding its annual cleanup of the Dewdrop Flats area on Sunday, May 12. We will be meeting on the Dewdrop flats, 3.5 km in on the Frederick Road. …Continue reading →
Posted by Gary Hunt A group of 17 enthusiastic naturalists gathered at Gamble Pond to check out the beautiful birds. They started at Gamble Pond where about 25 bird species were recorded. Then on to Separation Lake to look for …Continue reading →
This is a re-post of my article from about one year ago. Look around on road sides or bare disturbed ground and you are likely to see the small yellow flowers of Bur Buttercup (Ranunculus testiculatus). It is also known …Continue reading →
Restoration efforts in Ontario, Canada, have helped a once-vanquished population to flourish. And they have been sighted in new habitats in the United States, too. There are more than 1,000 trumpeters in Ontario that headed north last month, many to …Continue reading →
Enjoy this guest article by Mae Frank, undergrad student in Biology at Thompson Rivers University and maker of fun art projects! Have you ever wandered the streets, meadows, or forests and spotted a woodland caribou? I bet you would remember …Continue reading →
Many of you will be aware that we have had 2 immature Snow Geese consorting with Canada Geese at Riverside Park this past winter. Like their larger, darker compatriots, the Snowies like to graze on grasses which have been available …Continue reading →
The River Otter (Lontra canadensis) is perhaps best known as the most playful member of the weasel family. If you have not had the good fortune of seeing otters in the wild, I am sure that many of you have …Continue reading →
The last extinction occurred 65 million years ago when it is believed that a six mile wide asteroid hit the earth killing off the dinosaurs. Many scientists agree that the next mass extinction might happen sooner rather than later– as …Continue reading →
In 1995, we added a survey of eagles wintering in the interior to our annual swan count. We now have a 25 year history of primarily Bald Eagles using similar open water areas where the swans and other waterfowl congregate, …Continue reading →
in 1974, 45 years ago, the Kamloops Naturalist Club started counting wintering swans along the South Thompson River. We have expanded this to include numerous areas in the south-central interior with surveys being conducted by other member clubs within the …Continue reading →
I did not know poet Mary Oliver until her death, last week, at the age of 83. Mary Oliver was an American poet-naturalist. I intend to read all of her work. Her writing is full of reminders, like this, …Continue reading →