(August 17, 2017) On Conservancy preserves, we occasionally grow sunflowers as a rotation crop on land we use for Swanson’s hawk foraging. We had no idea that honey bees would like this so much.

You’ve all read how important honey bees are, and even though they are not an NBHCP “Covered Species,”  I have to say we are very proud to be doing this in their favor. Plus, let’s face it, this is beautiful.

On the top photo here, see the black specks in the flower of the sunflower. These are honeybees. You can see a close-up in the bottom photo.