My name is Dr Margriet Dogterom and am the founder and owner of Beediverse. I write this blog for all who love bees and who want to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
Pollination. The word brings to mind the droning buzz of fat yellow and black bumblebees bouncing from blossom to blossom in flower-decked meadows. But up close and in person, pollination is often anything but idyllic. The physical forces involved in pollination can be impressive, and both plants and insects must be well adapted to withstand them.
“EYA’s pollinator outreach aims to teach people about native bees and become stewards in their own communities.
We have been working on initiatives for the past 7 years and are leaders in conservation programs and projects across Vancouver.
Each year we raise mason bee cocoons at our Insect Hotel, a large eco-converted telephone booth located at Oak Meadows Park. We share the cocoons and give away mason bee houses with the community.
We host about 10 workshops each year at schools and community centers in the spring when mason bees are hatching and then in the fall when their cocoons are brought in to be cleaned. Youth love this opportunity to connect with nature in their own backyards, and become stewards themselves with a new mason bee house to look after! We have photo permission to use this photo for our organization, so feel free to post! “
I added this fun picture because these ‘tubes look so much like nesting tubes’. Instead they are yummie cookie straws. You can see the chocolate stripe around each cooky.
I was quite startled when I was waiting for my car to get an oil change and the owner went around just before Xmas with his jar of cookie straws. After I picked one out of the jar, I thought “goodness they look like nesting tubes”. I quickly took a photo before he vanished with the cookies. We had quite a few people answer it correctly. Thanks for participating.