June 24, 2016

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Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

Each summer on the Chico High Road, a careful observer will see about a thousand bees burrowing on the road. Today the bees were easy to find because young Horned Larks were also present and the birds were eating some of the bees.  These bees are a type of digger bee in a group called Diadasia, a colonial nesting species.  Females emit a pheromone which attracts males and here are two groups of bees, mostly males attempting to mate with a few females.

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