Our Bees are Back! After a long, bee-less winter, our volunteer beekeeper, Jeff Perez, has installed a brand new observation hive with a new colony of bees. This new hive should make it easier to see the queen (who is bigger than all the other bees). So be sure to hunt for her the next time you visit the Museum. If you want to learn more about bees, watch the video Bees: Tales from the Hive at our mini movie theater in the Book Nook.
The San Lorenzo River mouth is getting a facelift. Heavy rains and tidal influences have caused the San Lorenzo River to migrate from it’s usual course. It has taken a sharp right turn and is running dangerously close to the Boardwalk. Crews have been working all week to carve a new trench and redirect the river straight out to see. Check out the Sentinel article on the subject.
We’d like to thank all of our winter interns for the awesome work they have done to help the Museum Education Program. Jordan has assisted in managing Neary Lagoon field trips, Dana compiled a plant guide for Neary Lagoon docents, Desiree created education kits on local plants, Brianna assisted in the Museum school tour programs, and Zach has been training to become the Sandhills Program Coordinator. We are excited to welcome back some of these interns in the spring quarter, and welcome new interns aboard as well. Learn more about our Internships here.
Our Pollinator Garden is loving the rain we have received this week. New flowers are in bloom, and seedlings are popping up. Next week, we welcome you to Dig In! Volunteer Garden Day on Saturday, March 24 from 10am to noon. Join us at the Museum for an afternoon of light work in the garden. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about native plants, pollinators, and xeriscaping. Families and folks of all ages are welcome, volunteer waivers will be signed before work begins. Please RSVP by emailing Jen@santacruzmuseums.org.