I've been documenting the Mason bee’s life style for about 8 years. It all started when I noticed what appeared to be a fly on a flower. That fly turned out to be a Mason bee and thus I started compiling information and learning all I could. When I discovered that this bee was a super pollinator and that she's a native American, I just had to share my findings. My past experience as a mechanical design engineer greatly influenced by approach in creating a book with detailed information, but for a layman's library.
I’ve created Mason bee-specific entertaining presentations for garden clubs, master gardener’s training sessions, schools, nurseries, environmental groups and related college classes. I continue to work on various experiments of my own to either prove or disprove some of the information that is being published. I maintain a nature diary, noting weather conditions and bee activity. I keep a record of the trees, flowers and plants that are blooming during the “bee” season. I try to make people aware of their own personal micro-climate and to pay particular attention to their fruit tree’s blooming cycle.
I’m am an enthusiastic gardener/naturalist with a desire to learn all I can about what’s happening in my immediate environment. My encounter with the Mason bee left such an impression on me that I just had to share my findings with others. I put together this guide to not only make people aware of this bee’s existence, but to give them the opportunity to provide a desirable habitat for this very important northwest native.