The Buzz
(our latest news, not always about bees….)

First Annual Bay Area Bee Fair
Saturday, May 19, 2018 12-5pm

LOCATION: Derby Street Block Party, 1300 block of Derby Street, Berkeley

First Annual Bay Area Bee Fair
A celebration of Pollinators

Potluck, music, kid’s activities, pollinator/ gardening/ naturalist/ citizen science education. Bee there!!!! Catch the buzz!!!!

SATURDAY, May 26, 10-4

butterfly_poster_2018_r2Annie’s is thrilled to announce our second Butterfly Summit! Join us and several of the Bay Area’s most devoted butterfly experts to find out what you can do to garden for butterflies, create butterfly corridors and preserve habitat! Free and open to all ages

10 am: Bring the kids to see our caterpillars and adult butterflies, talk with our experts and share your experiences!
11 am: Art Shapiro, professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis will share a state of the state keynote address on butterflies in Northern California. Come learn how butterflies are doing and how they are adapting. Art will identify the plants most likely to attract and sustain butterflies in this area, address the issue of native plants vs. non-native plants (you’ll be surprised!) with special reference to both plant and butterfly seasonality.

All day: Stop by one of our regional info tables to learn more about what you can do to help re-establish butterfly populations throughout the greater SF Bay Area.

See a detailed schedule of events on Annie’s Annual’s website. 

Butterfly & Bird Festival
Sunday, June 3, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

COYOTE HILLS REGIONAL PARK – Join us for a joint celebration of nature’s flying critters and Coyote Hill’s 50th anniversary at this year’s Butterfly & Bird Festival. Enjoy garden tours, family hands-on activities, educational speakers, photo presentations, and music. This event is dedicated to sharing 50 years worth of stories around increasing the numbers and species of butterflies and birds here at Coyote Hills, and how you can do the same for Bay Area landscapes.

For information: (510) 544-3220.
Parking fees apply where charged. Disabled accessible.
No registration required; Drop-in program only.

Workshop Events

Pollinator Monthly Workday & Workshop at the Gardens at Lake Merritt
the 3rd Saturday of each month

Past Events

6th Annual Autumn Lights Festival
October 19 – 21, 2017 at Gardens at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
Tickets now on sale for our 6th Annual Autumn Lights Festival! This year’s spectacular showcase of illuminated art takes place October 19 – 21 benefiting Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Get your tickets soon as we expect sales to be brisk and you won’t want to miss out! Ticket info here:

Pollinator Pallooza
June 25, 2017 10am-2pm at Lakeside Park
Join the National Wildlife Federation, Children’s Fairyland, The Pollinator Posse, City of Oakland, Insect Sciences Museum and many more for free workshops, seminars and Garden tours. Learn how to attract the Bay area pollinators to your neighborhood. Book Signing by Beth Pratt Bergstrom, author of “When Mountain lions are Neighbors.” Meet local experts and enjoy our local wildlife.

June 25th Pollinator Palooza 2017 flyer (PDF)

Let’s Wing It, The Butterfly Summit at Annie’s Annuals, Richmond, CA
March 25, 10am-3pm

Tees For Bees
Monday, April 3, 2017
The Posse flew up to Oakland’s Lake Chabot Golf Course on Monday, April 3, 2017 to partner with Ace Kids Golf for the first-ever “Tees for Bees” event. Over 100 local kids on spring break enthusiastically explored this intriguing workshop blending golf skills clinic with pollinator education and lunch. The pay off for the attendees? Practicing their driving skills by knocking “seed balls”– golfball-sized seed bombs they learned to make– into the green space next to the course. In no time, a bee-friendly habitat they planted will be abloom!

Earth Day at the Gardens at Lake Merritt
Saturday, April 22, 2017