Rains bring flowers … and bees? – Minckley et al. 2013

posted by Katharina

Hear the first real California rainfall of the season (recorded Feb 8, 2014):

You may have seen the pictures NASA scientists took on Jan 14, 2013 and 2014, showing the state of California’s drought. Most people immediately notice the difference in snow pack along the Sierras, but what hit me was how green California’s Central Valley was last year. That green represents ag fields, rangelands, and hills of the coast and mountains. It also represents germinating native wildflowers. We know that April showers bring May flowers, or if you live in California winter showers bring spring flowers, but what is the relationship between precipitation and bees?  To find out the answer to this question check out the nice blog post that Hillary Sardiñas wrote. Her post  focused on a study by Robert Minckley et al. (2013). You can take a look at the abstract for the original paper here.