Can there be a new forum category?

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  1. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    I know we have a "Top Bar & other Alternative hives" forum under the general Beekeeping section. Might we also have a "Mason & other alternative bees" forum there under Beekeeping as well?
    More and more people raise or create nesting habitats for solitary & native bees like masons, leafcutters, bumblebees, even digger bees. It'd be nice if we had a dedicated forum area where folks could post threads and questions about their (non-honeybee) bee interests.
    My 3rd year mason bees are starting to emerge from my nesting straws now (which spent the winter in the vegetable drawer of my fridge), and my kitchen porch is a-buzz right now with dozens of amorous male hornfaced bees looking for a girlfriend. (The girls emerge after the boys). I had to put up a little "Don't worry, they don't sting!" sign so the mailman wouldn't get scared and run off with my mail. :lol:

    Thanks for considering this.
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I sure like the idea. :thumbsup:
     

  3. brooksbeefarm

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    Hornfaced bees looking for a girl friend:eek: Omie don't go out on the porch wearing your avatar.:lol: Jack
     
  4. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    .....LOL! I'll be sure to be careful, thanks!
     
  5. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    I like the idea of having a masons bee forum
     
  6. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    We had a sticky post asking for posts about mason bees, but after a year without a reply, I un-stickied it. It is still floating in the archives somewhere.
     
  7. Omie

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    Thanks Iddee.
    I remember that thread: http://www.beekeepingforums.com/thr...observations-on-northern-populations-of-Osmia
    If you look at it, you see it was posted in April 2010, but I, for one, only found it in November 2010 and quite by accident, since it was a sticky in the "General Discussion/Everything Else" section, not the beekeeping section. If I didn't find it (and I have lots of interest in mason bees), then I'm not surprised no one else with interest found it either.
    Plus, once i finally did stumble upon it 7 months after it was posted, it was mostly over my head because I can't identify all the various parasitic mites and wasps by Latin species names as was being asked for. I was not able to contribute anything to the thread and participate scientifically.
    But that was a single specific scientific thread, not a forum section where folks could post various threads with beginner questions about raising or encouraging native mason, leafcutter, bumble, digger, and solitary bees.

    There are may a couple dozen decent threads here on this site about solitary, mason, and bumble bees, which I can find by using certain specific key word search terms. Because there has been no central location for them, they are scattered all over the place, now gathering dust. Some of these threads are a little older but contain many posts and information that is very helpful ...they can be used for new postings if people were only able to only see them and have a place to post new topics too.
    I think it'd be great to move those older threads into a new dedicated forum area and then folks can start to add new threads so that the subject is easily found in a cohesive section when someone goes looking for bee information on those subjects.
    There is rapidly growing interest in mason and solitary bees- nesting boxes are turning up for sale in garden centers and on Ebay and Amazon where they were never seen five years ago. The interest is there.
    I used to be very active in the 'Alternative Pollinators' forum on another online bee site :shock:, but I like hanging out here a little better- it's way friendlier and more helpful. I'd be happy to help with the new forum in any way I can, and I can locate the relevant older threads and point them out to the moderators so they can move them ...if you create a new section for Mason & other alternative bees. I'm talking about a forum section, not just a discussion thread.

    If you build it, they will come.
    I just took a cool new video this morning of my horn faced bees starting to emerge from their nesting tubes and mating on my kitchen porch. There is a cloud of them buzzing around on my porch now, and they are just beginning their activities for the season.
    They are wonderful bees to raise, especially for folks who cannot keep regular honeybees due to their local laws, for school or environmental projects, gardeners who aren't wanting to keep beehives, or for those who may have venom-allergic family members they want to be careful about. Our native/solitary bees are suffering from habitat destruction, parasites, disease, and pesticides... just like honeybees!

    If you decide not to do this I do understand. But please don't base your decision on what happened with that single 'hidden' scientific sticky thread.

    I just thought I'd ask and make my case one last time. :smile:
     
  8. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    OK. Start posting links to the threads you want moved.
     
  9. Omie

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    Yay! Thank you!!! :bow: :Dancing:

    Give me a few hours to pull up some relevant threads to be moved. I'm sure there will be new threads posted by others as time goes by. I'll post my new video there too.
     
  10. Omie

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  11. Iddee

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    Omie, click on the link above and tell me what you get.
     
  12. G3farms

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  13. Omie

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  14. Iddee

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    You can copy the address of the link and make a new post. Just click on the link, copy the address bar and post it with an explanation.

    I don't know how to clean the html.
     
  15. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Ok I'll do that. Thanks!
     
  16. Charles

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    I think this was a great idea! I'd like to add a description under the forum name to keep things consistent. How does this sound:

     
  17. Iddee

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    It's Omie's forum. If she's OK with it, I am, too.
     
  18. Omie

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    It's totally fine with me Charles- good to have a little description.

    Thank you so much for creating the new forum. I think over time it will be much used, and so good to have the subjects grouped and organized, for when people are looking for information.

    Yay!