Vineyards are replacing large amounts of historically fallow acreage in Oregon, and native floral resources are often removed to make room for wine grapes. Bee Girl’s Bee Friendly Vineyards pilot program began in April 2019 with the planting of 1,800 square feet of sunflowers at a vineyard in southern Oregon. In the spring of 2020 efforts were expanded to Trisaetum Winery in the Willamette Valley, where 10 acres of wild flowers were planted in the periphery zones near the vines. BGO is monitoring plants and bees at three research sites in the vineyard. They have also begun a collaborative art installation in Trisaetum’s tasting room to tell the story of the bees and their forage.
Learning more and building more of these pollinator habitats is essential to the survival of the honey bees. To donate to the preservation of honey bees and their habitats, browse our Save the Bee website for more information.