Spring Butterfly Counts are already getting started! This Saturday, March 25th is the 12th annual Cottonwood Spring area count, located in Joshua Tree National Park, California, from 8 am to 5 pm. Come to the Cottonwood Spring Visitor Center dressed for a day in the field, with water, lunch, and sunscreen (and binoculars, a field guide, and a camera too if you'd like). It's $3.00 per participant for our count administration, and please contact Joe Zarki (760-366-8913) or Marilyn Lutz 760-367-5681) or email at email@example.com for more information.
After 5 pm, the group meets at Chiriaco Summit Cafe for the post-count compilation dinner.
Native bees are valuable crop pollinators. The over 3,500 species of native bees (often called pollen bees) help increase crop yields and may serve as important insurance when cultivated European honey bees are hard to come by.