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Okanogan valley proper:commercial cherry, dandelion, early commercial apple,forsythia

Okanogan Highlands: willow species, Balsam root (Balsamorhiza sagittata) 4000 feet/prunus species 2000 feet and lower.
 

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first dandelion this and above post April 19th, 07

Locations range from valley floor--900-1000 feet for Okanogan Valley proper, other locations 2,500-4000 east of valley 18 miles (Okanogan Highlands).
 

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First week of May Okanogan Highlands 4000 feet

Squaw Current (Ribes cerenum), Kinnickinnick (arctostyphylos usra-ulva) close relative of Manazinita, Golden Willow opening (Salix), Aspen (Populus tremuloides), Horned dandelion (Taraxacum ceratophorum), Douglas maple (Acer Glabrum).

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May 16th, Okanogan Highlands 4000 feet

Amelanchier anifolia (June Berry, Service Berry etc) local reports of honeybees utilizing this variety has not been noted at this location, solitary bee of dark color seems to be primary pollinator.

Kinnikinnick continues, less HB activity
Dandelion continues, less HB activity

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry) some activity

Vaccinium caespitosum (dwarf blueberry) just opening

Balsamorhiza Hookeri (dwarf Balasam root) no activity by HB noticed.

Current flow seems to be originating from sources unknown, Chokecherry is blooming to 3,500 feet, yellow sweetclover to 1,500 feet so some sources may be within flight distance given terrain.

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Okanogan Highlands 4000 feet

Nanking Cherry Prunis sp.

Local service berry being worked heavily by honeybees NP. Last year i saw no HB on service berry at all.

Granny Smith Apple blossoms just opening.

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Blooms at 4000 feet Okanogan Highlands

The following list includes some plants of questionable value to honeybees:

1. Fragia Virginiana ( wild strawberry ) NP
2. Brassica campestris (field mustard) NP
3. Lithospernum ruderale (Lemmonweed) ?
4. Senico sp. (butterweeds) ?
5. Viburnum edule (highbush cranberry) NP
6. Rubus idaeus (wild raspberry) NP
7. Prunus virginiana (choke cherry) NP
8. Trifolium sp. (Dutch white clover/owl clover) NP
9. Rosa acicularis (wild pink prickly rose) NP

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Okanogan Highlands 4000 feet

Yellow sweetclover, fireweed, douglas aster opening

continuing: dutch white clover, hooker dwarf balsam root, raspberries, mustard
 

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Okanogan Highlands 4000 feet

Russian and two other knapweeds, Mullein, bull thistle, canadian thistle, snow berry

tail-out on yellow blossom sweetclovers, alfalfa, fireweed

recent rain, 1/2 inch this elevation

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Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2010

mountain huckle barry blooming 98563 washington.
 
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