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Conservation at Home sign in a flower garden
Read article: Embrace eco-friendly yards with Conservation@Home in West Central Illinois
Embrace eco-friendly yards with Conservation@Home in West Central Illinois
Conservation@Home is making its way to our region, thanks to the collaborative...
Feeding bees with syrup through the hive inner cover
Read article: Prepare your bees for winter
Prepare your bees for winter
When temperatures start getting cold in late fall, it's time to make those last-minute preparations that help your bees have the best chance of...

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Back view of a man with a smoker in his hand approaching urban beehives
Urban beekeeper's planned expansion pays off during pandemic
URBANA, Ill. – Approaching the hives along the Metra tracks on Chicago’s south side the smell of grass smoke intensifies as Oscar Villa, beekeeper, and owner of Bee-utiful Honey, waves his smoker. “Don’t worry, come closer. Young bees tend not...
bees on honeycomb
HCE sponsors free presentation on bees with local Master Naturalist
YORKVILLE, Ill. – Do bees hibernate in the winter? Why is a swarm a good thing for the colony? How important is pollination for our food supply? Get answers to these and many other buzz-worthy questions in a fun, informative presentation by beekeeper and University of Illinois Extension Master...
Mason Bees Workshop
Stress from chemicals and loss of habitat can put pressure on native bee populations. There are a variety of ways we can help support the native bee population. Join University of Illinois Extension staff to learn more about Mason Bees, create a simple bee hotel and learn the most effective ways...