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The Buzz: Protecting Our Bumble Bees

This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's  proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bumble bees--how many have you seen so far this year on the UC Davis campus? If you join the thousands of visitors at the ninth annual UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day on...

This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's  proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the Western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is Crotch's bumble bee, Bombus crotchii, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Allan Jones, used with permission)
This is Crotch's bumble bee, Bombus crotchii, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Allan Jones, used with permission)

This is Crotch's bumble bee, Bombus crotchii, one of four bumble bees on California's proposed endangered species list. (Photo by Allan Jones, used with permission)

UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day: Time to Explore Diversity of Life

Owl butterfly at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You'll see an owl butterfly at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. You'll see a great-horned owl at the Raptor Center. "Owl that" at more at the ninth annual UC Davis...

Missy Gable, director of the UC Master Gardener Program, shows her children Emma and Bran how to use a bee vacuum device at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Missy, then Missy Borel, served as the founding manager of the haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Missy Gable, director of the UC Master Gardener Program, shows her children Emma and Bran how to use a bee vacuum device at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Missy, then Missy Borel, served as the founding manager of the haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Missy Gable, director of the UC Master Gardener Program, shows her children Emma and Bran how to use a bee vacuum device at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Missy, then Missy Borel, served as the founding manager of the haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nematologist and doctoral student Corwin Parker examines a nematode specimen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Nematologist and doctoral student Corwin Parker examines a nematode specimen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nematologist and doctoral student Corwin Parker examines a nematode specimen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A chocolate tree? You bet! Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager at the Botanical Conservatory, checks out a cacao tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A chocolate tree? You bet! Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager at the Botanical Conservatory, checks out a cacao tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A chocolate tree? You bet! Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager at the Botanical Conservatory, checks out a cacao tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

'Healthy Beverages in Early Care and Education' online class for California child care providers

The University of California is providing a free online course, Healthy Beverages in Early Care & Education, in English and Spanish for child care providers in California. The 30-minute on-demand class is a friendly way to learn about the latest recommendations for healthy beverages for children and help child care providers meet the California Healthy Beverages in Child Care Act (AB 2084) requirements.

The online training has four main messages for child care providers: 

  • Milk - whenever milk is served, serve only lowfat (1%) milk or nonfat milk to children two years of age or older.
  • Juice - limit juice to not more than one serving per day of 100% juice.
  • Sweetened Beverages - serve no beverages with added sweeteners, either natural or artificial. Beverages with added sweeteners does not include infant formula or complete balanced nutritional products designed for children.
  • Drinking Water - make clean and safe drinking water readily available and accessible for consumption throughout the day.

The training includes videos, short quizzes and activities, and covers topics such as milk, types of fruit juice, drinking water and reading a nutrition label. A professional development certificate will be provided upon completion of the class.

To sign up for the class, visit http://bit.ly/NPIccbevE for English and http://bit.ly/NPIccbevS for Spanish and create an account. Providers outside of California may have similar beverage requirements. And all young children, regardless of licensing or Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirements, can benefit from consuming healthy beverages. The course is free for California providers and available for child care providers outside of California for a $15 fee.

This class was developed by the UCSF School of Nursing, California Childcare Health Program in partnership with the University of California Nutrition Policy Institute and Cooperative Extension, with support from a grant by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Focus Area Tags: Food Health

Bombus Back in Benicia

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How many different bumble bee species have you seen or photographed this year? Have you seen the black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus? It's the earliest to emerge in...

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Come on in, the pollen is fine! Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Come on in, the pollen is fine! Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Come on in, the pollen is fine! Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rose in Benicia on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, nectaring on a rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, can't get enough of this rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, can't get enough of this rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed bumble bee, can't get enough of this rosemary in Benicia, Solano County, on Jan. 25. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Praying Mantis Was Here

Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You never know where a praying mantis will deposit its egg case, the ootheca. In and around Vacaville, we've seen them on olive trees, honeysuckle vines, passionflower...

Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Find the ootheca! It's on this barn-themed birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on a barn birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on a barn birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the praying mantis egg case, ootheca, on a barn birdhouse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Tags: barn (1), birdhouse (2), born in a barn (1), ootheca (10), praying mantis (91)

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