Did you know hummingbirds move much faster and over considerably larger areas than insect pollinators do? With their fast wings, compact size and slender bills, it's no wonder that these tiny birds play such an important role in our environment. Unfortunately, due to climate change, habitat loss and a variety of other human-caused influences, researchers consider nearly 15% of hummingbird species vulnerable to extinction.
As a sign of its commitment to pollinator health, UC Davis recently became the first University of California campus to become certified as a Bee Campus USA affiliate, via the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
With the Arboretum Teaching Nursery nearly at plant capacity, we finally have a moment to appreciate many of the new pollinator plants we have been growing for you this fall. It was way too easy to come up with a list full of fabulous plants that will look great in your garden, attract one or another pollinator, be drought tolerant, and handle our Sacramento Valley conditions. (Download the complete inventory on our plant sale information page.)
The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is piloting the sale of native wildflower seeds at its upcoming Fall 2019 plant sales. The wildflower seeds selected for sale to the public were chosen based on research done by the UC Davis Pollination Ecology lab led by Dr. Neal Williams which found that these species attract local pollinators that will continually revisit!
Join us to celebrate fall and the importance of cultivating a good buzz — in your garden — with Sudwerk’s release of Bombus. Latin for buzz, Bombus was created in honor of the California native, yellow-faced bumble bee aka Bombus vosnesenskii and one of its favorite feeding grounds, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.
UC Davis is the first University of California campus to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program.
Designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators, UC Davis joins more than one-hundred-fifty other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.