After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to end the current Texas Bee Watchers blog.
When I began the blog, my goal was to increase the awareness of native bees in Texas. When I first began speaking about native bees around the state, members of the audience were mostly unaware of the presence of any bees except the honey bee. I am happy to say, that is not true anymore. I find that many of the people I meet are aware of native bees and want to learn more about them and encourage them to visit their yards and ranches.
When this blog began, there were few websites devoted to native bees. Those that did exist, were primarily university or government websites. Texas Bee Watchers was for the layperson who knew little about bees but was curious enough to look up information on that little bee they saw in their garden. There are now several websites which have also taken up the banner of increasing native bee awareness among laypersons.
I am so very thankful for the many interesting and wonderful people I met through the blog. In particular, the members of the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists and the Fredericksburg Nature Center have become great friends and mentors.
The blog was more widely read than I ever could have planned for. But in the last year and a half, family obligations stepped up and required more of my time and severely restricted the amount of time I could devote to sitting, researching, and writing blog posts. Now that I have more time available again, I find myself wanting to garden, to watch bees, to watch birds and butterflies, to go on field trips, to visit friends, and to complete several other projects.
I will leave the Texas Bee Watchers blog up during 2014. I will also continue to speak at conferences and clubs when schedules permit (I will be at the Wings Over The Hills Festival in Fredericksburg the weekend of April 25-27). You can still contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all of the folks who visited the website, certified their gardens, and began to bee watch!
Having fun bee watching in 2014