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This week we are all about Bees and Butterflies and why these smallest of the lesser brethren are so important to the survival of human and animal kind

Did you hear?

COMING SOON, it’s National Pollinator’s Week June 15-21

Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

Eight years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.  The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year. The Pollinator Partnership is also proud to announce that June 15-21, 2015 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Good News

County considering protecting local honey bees

For many years, local honey bees have been buzzing about in what Grand County Bee Inspector Jerry Shue calls a “unique zone” — a 50-mile radius in the Moab-Castle Valley area that is insulated from migratory beekeeping. The Grand County Council will soon vote on an ordinance that would prohibit commercial and migratory beekeeping within county borders south of Interstate 70.


In the News

If it weren’t for pollinators

Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, beetles – these small pollinating animals are responsible for providing us with food, fibers, medicines, and more. Pollination occurs when pollen is moved from one flower to another of the same species, allowing fertilization to occur. With the help of pollinators, our ecosystems thrive and continue to produce the valuable goods we depend on.


Picture of the Week

Bees are nearly ubiquitous, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Wherever there are insect-pollinated flowering plants — forest, farms, cities and wildlands — there are bees. And just because you don’t see plants blooming, does not mean that there are no bees around. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States. From the tiny and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to the large carpenter bee, to the brilliant blue of the mason bee; native bees come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  And all these bees have jobs, as pollinators.

Ask Susi

QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.


Susi Weekly Column

The Monarch Butterfly–The Journey Less Traveled

~by Susi Pittman

It is the most well-known butterfly of North America and it needs your help. Consider growing its favorite plants in your garden and it will visit you each migration.


Catholic Journeyman

Are We There Yet?

~by Louis Templeman

Prayer life akin to a bored child’s ride in the back seat of a car is indeed a prayer life each one of us can claim as our own at one time or another.


A Poet’s Voice

Mexican Jumping Bean

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

God created thousands upon thousands of plants and each one can teach us a spiritual lesson. Here’s one that not many of us may have thought about.


Book of the Month~May

Paw Prints at Owl Cottage

(The Heartwarming True Story of One Man and His Cats), by Denis O’Connor.

~review by Michele Gregoire

It is a book that looks at the circle of life emotionally and intensively as a cat lover and psychologist walks through living life fully with his feline family.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

The World of Pollinators

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

They are the reason we see flowers and fruits and vegetables…the pollinators…the Creator’s plan to ensure that His creatures are fruitful and replenish the earth.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

What’s causing the devastating floods in Texas and Oklahoma

At least 10 people have been reported dead across Oklahoma and Texas, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes and are seeking temporary shelter. These catastrophic conditions are being caused by an El Niño pattern — a natural climate cycle that brings warmer-than-average temperatures to the Pacific Ocean — that has split the jet stream into two branches, with one river of air going off north and the other one sinking farther to the south, said John Gresiak, a senior forecaster for AccuWeather. It is the southern stream that is causing the disturbances in Texas and Oklahoma.


Weekly Commentary

To Bee or not to Bee–by Gini Lomerson

I slowly became of an unfamiliar sound, a continual buzzing. I looked around and to my absolute amazement, I saw a huge, tear-drop bee swarm hanging off of the small branch of an elm sapling. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had never seen anything like it. A flood of thoughts and emotions ran through me: Honey bees decided to stop in my yard; does life get any better? Oh, wait, maybe this not a good thing. They certainly couldn’t stay here, since my yard is nothing but a postage stamp. Too many people will not bode well for the longevity of the bees. No, they need to be out in the country … but how do I do this?


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Geology and Archaeology

How prehistoric bee proved lifeline to the past

A prehistoric bee that lived at least 25 million years ago before drowning in a blob of sticky tree resin has provided scientists with proof that the “dead” can be brought back to life.

Inside the gut of the bee lived bacteria which helped the insect to digest its food. It is the spores of these bacteria that scientists have been able to revive in a series of startling experiments demonstrating that truth is stranger than fiction, even the fiction of Jurassic Park.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Association of Catholic Women Bloggers ACWB

Melanie Jean Juneau has been the administrator of ACWB since the summer of 2013. She is a wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at joyofnine9. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine kids seems to confound people. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.

Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God.

Melanie is a columnist weekly at CatholicMom, monthly at Catholic Lane, bimonthly at Catholic Stand and Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner.


Quote of the Week

Pleasing words are a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and healthful to the body.

~Proverbs 16: 24~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Rita of Cascia


Bees & Climate Change

Climate change could be affecting pollination by disrupting the synchronized timing of flower opening and bee emergence from hibernation, suggests new US-based research. Declining numbers of bees and other pollinators have been causing growing concern in recent years, as scientists fear that decreased pollination could have major impacts on world food supplies.


Looking for Sustainability

Sustainable Bee Keeping Courses to Start–UK

This course will teach you fascinating new ways to keep and care for bees in a more sustainable way. This course is perfect for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike and has plenty of practical experience in the Humble by Nature apiary. It is run by Monmouth-based international charity, Bees for Development.


God’s Green Earth

The Queen Bee

Farm News

Bee Friendly Farming

Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) is a program that provides guidelines for farmers and growers interested in promoting pollinator health on their lands​.​ Bee Friendly Farming is an online, self-certification program​ created by Kathy Kellison and other experts (Sam Droege, Mace Vaughn, Dennis vanEnglesdorp, Marla Spivak, Randy Oliver, Robbin Thorp, Karen Strickler, Gerry Miller, Jeff Anderson, Phil Giles, and Gene Brandi​). Bee Friendly Farming was also known as Partners for Sustainable Pollination (PFSP) and has now merged with Pollinator Partnership. The two organizations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2013 to create the BFF-S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment) partnership. This was a great step forward for the BFF program as those who enroll in the S.H.A.R.E. program will also now be made aware of the option of further recognition through certification as a Bee Friendly Farm or Garden.


Steward Alerts

Fortnight for Freedom Begins June 21

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel.


Steward Activities


National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a summer-long celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. This year, top NWF supporters have agreed to donate $1 for every person who participates in the Great American Campout – up to $100,000! These donations will support our ongoing efforts to protect the great outdoors for all Americans.

Take the pledge to camp — in your backyard, your neighborhood, your local parks, state parks, and national parks, cabins, RVs, treehouses… you name it! — and be a part of our nationwide event!   Everyone should get outside at least once this summer and connect with nature and wildlife.  The body, mind, and spirit benefits from outdoor play are well-documented and numerous and create a lasting connection to nature and wildlife that will help you have a happier, healthier family.  


Environmental Education

The Back Yard Beekeepers Association Calendar

The purpose of the BYBA is to provide our membership with interesting and practical information about honey bees and the “how-to’s” of beekeeping. The club also provides the general public with educational programs about honey bees and the benefits of bees and beekeeping in our communities.

The BYBA is a non-profit, charitable organization.

The mission of BYBA is to provide our membership with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, and to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.


Youth Stewardship

Young beekeepers are abuzz in Southern Maryland

Some kids in Southern Maryland are trading swatting at bees for tending to the pollinators and growing colonies. The older generation of beekeepers sees interest from youth as important for the survival of the honey bee. The young beekeepers see it for what it is fun.



Designing a Bee Friendly Garden

Inviting an array of bees into your own backyard is simple when you plant their favorite flowers. By providing nectar and pollen as food and creating shelters in your garden space, you will create new habitat for bees, which is important, as their natural habitats become less and less abundant.


Wellness & Nutrition

Honey in the Bible

The Bible throughout gives mention of honey as well as bees. let’s explore the Bible and its quotations that give mention to honey and bees. Honey and bees are frequently mentioned throughout the Bible. It has been referred to as a wholesome food, a helpful kind of medicine in treatment of the ill, an ingredient of delicious beverage, an appropriate gift, as well as a valued possession for mankind. There is little evidence that the Hebrews actually cultivated bees, however, they were known to used wild honey in profusion. “Wild” honey is often mentioned; whether this was meant as a contrast to domesticated honey, it’s difficult to know. The Hebrew Bible gives indication that “Jews” were solicitous about their honey supply,as indicated in the Talmud (Hebrew Bible) (B. Batra 18, A) where a warning is given never to let mustard plants grow near bees nests because bees are fond of these flowers which, however, burn their throats, and they then consume a greater quantity of honey.



The Butterfly Nebula

The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust.




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