I stepped off the rig on a crisp winter day, responding to a medical call. The temperature registered 5 degrees below zero, and my crew was met on the porch by several smiling faces. “Hey bud,” my captain asked one of the children. “Where’s your coat?” “This is,” he responded, referring to his well-worn sweater. My captain shot me a quick look of shock and disbelief as we entered the home to provide care to the patient. Afterward, on the way back to the station, my crew discussed the encounter.
Pollinators have been getting a lot of attention in the media lately; and, as a beekeeper, I have been answering a lot of questions. “What’s up with the bees?” they say. Well, it’s complicated. For many years the pride of every neighborhood has been the perfectly manicured and totally weed-free lawn. While this looks nice to many people, it actually is very harmful to our communities. Most of the grasses planted in these lawns are not native to our area, and they require large amounts of water to maintain.