We're Buying a Bee and Bee!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Our Latest Acquisition - A Backyard Bee and Bee 

Friends of the Earth

Bee HouseWe’ve just ordered a Bee and Bee for our backyard garden. Friends of the Earth is sending us a bamboo bee house specifically designed to attract Mason Bees. Our donation will help the planet and hopefully save the bees. Mason bees are native and non-stinging super pollinators that make our world more bloomtastic. 


Mason bees are more productive than honey bees but do not produce honey. However, they are immune to some of the conditions that are causing grave concern for other bees. In addition, only 350 mason bees are needed to pollinate an acre of apple trees rather than 25,000 honey bees. Each mason bee visits as many as a thousand blossoms each day! Busy bees. 


Bee Friendly to the Planet


Bee FriendlyBees are responsible for giving us 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat, yet they are dying in huge numbers. Scientists have linked the unsustainable loss to a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids.  Sadly, many backyard gardeners are still using these chemicals in their flower and vegetable gardens. Plus, many seeds, bulbs, and plants have been treated with these insecticides - be sure to purchase yours from organic suppliers. 


We can do our part to attract pollinators such as mason bees and butterflies by planting the right kind of flowers, providing water, and by creating conditions critical to their habitat. For example, mason bees need mud for nesting. Plus, they need plants that bloom all season, from early spring until fall. 


Save the BeesOur Bee and Bee will come with complete instructions, and we’re hoping it’s not too late in the year to make it a productive endeavor for this summer. Regardless, we intend to keep doing our part to make our backyard in Camas a save haven for bees and other pollinators. Here’s how you can donate to Friends of the Earth and get your own backyard Bee and Bee. 






Written by Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker  (By the way, the name Debbra, Deborah, Debra, Debbie, Deb, Debb means “bee” in hebrew.)  

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (66)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathy, I love watching bees work flowers. They are so focused - it's only when we get in their way that we have to watch out for their stings. 

Joan, I look forward to sharing the process with you. 

Kent - do it and we can compare notes. 

May 21, 2015 01:05 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Evelyn - that's very true. Thanks for the reminder to take it with us...unless there are bees thriving in it ...

Good for you Donald, I've seen too many homeowners spray the heck out of them. :( 

May 21, 2015 01:07 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Joan - charming little bees. :)

Richard, thanks for that - glad I could provide some food for thought. 

Richie - ain't it the truth? 

May 21, 2015 01:08 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

How interesting Debb. I am so glad you are doing this. Will you be installing close to the house? The buzzing would bother me and I would be afraid of getting stung.  Do you have any of those concerns?

May 21, 2015 01:20 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Debbie Reynolds we have a wetland area in the back of our house. We won't be hanging it super close to the house. These bees are very gentle...I'm not worried and feel confident they won't swarm and become a threat to area children.  I'll be sure to keep you all posted as we take on this new adventure. D 

May 21, 2015 01:30 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I have never seen anything like this Debb. It's good for the environment and I am sure you will have plenty of cross pollination of any plants you have in the backyard.

May 21, 2015 03:48 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, this look so cool. I have never seen anything like it before. I can remember growing up a neighbor about a mile down the road had honey bees. I loved to watch him collect honey. Have never heard of mason bees but, they sure sound like hard workers.

May 21, 2015 04:23 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi there Debb.  I absolutely love your Bee and Bee.  It is so interesting looking and those mason bees are going to be a wonderful addition to the rest of the flora and fauna around your Camas home.  I heard they are not aggressive and work very hard at their jobs!

May 21, 2015 10:06 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'm hoping it works out well, Noah.

Amanda - they are charming little workers.

Joanna - I'll be sure to update this story as it unfolds. ;)

May 22, 2015 08:17 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debb! I have been paying attention to the bee problems in massive losses for some time now. It's even worse across the board with both commercial and non-beekeepers than the year before.  It makes me so very sad! Sooooo, seeing this post excites me on how to create some change! I loved it and will buy one. Thank you for a most bee-utifully written post that got *FEATURED* (NO BRAINER)!!

And I'm glad you gave us a link to go to. One of my 59 pay-it-forward moments coming soon.  (For my 59th b-day, I'm doing these).

May 22, 2015 10:44 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb-This is a wonderful post and one with a well deserved feature. It is no surprise you are doing this. I did not know about mason bees.

May 23, 2015 04:19 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Debb Janes ,  I am not familiar with that type of Bee, but it sounds like I need to check and see if we have access to them and make my donation.

May 23, 2015 12:32 PM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

I am going to check this out.....It may be my new closing gift!!!

May 23, 2015 10:54 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this information. Congratulations on the feature recognition.

I will re-blog your post to help spread the word.

May 24, 2015 02:26 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

How clever!  A Bee and Bee for Mason Bees!  I'm amazed by their ability to pollinate so many trees.  Busy Bees they are!

May 25, 2015 02:38 AM
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Hi Debb,

Good for you in sharing about the Bee and Bee.  I just read a comment from a friend of mine's facebook page.  Her sons have learned all about bee-keeping. 

We have experienced bee deaths first hand, TWICE, due to the destruction of hundreds of acres of bee forage around our hives. We lost 8 or so hives the first time several years ago and now this past year, our farmland neighbor just sprayed herbicide on all his 540 acres so he can plant oats. This is where we had moved our hives after the first die off. Now our hives are smack dab next to his land and bees DO NOT pollinate any grains or corn. So...back to square one.


Off to check out Friends of the Earth...

May 25, 2015 01:31 PM
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

Hi Debb...Thank you for the enlightening and very interesting news.  I have never heard or seen anything about Bee and Bee and you really shine at sharing quality news.  You truly are a committed Eco-broker. I will re-blog your post to the Spokane area. 

May 26, 2015 08:05 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Good for you Debb, I actually thought you bought a Bed & Breakfast place:), Endre

May 26, 2015 04:50 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

 I'm inspired and want to order one! Plus, I think they would make great house warming presents too! Thanks Debb! You're always doing good deeds for Mother Earth and it's time I say, thank you. 

Jun 04, 2015 12:11 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

This is a very cool article - Thanks Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD !

Apr 22, 2019 11:18 AM