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April 2016 Newsletter

Granville Island Honey Bus

UPDATE In the November 2015 newsletter, I mentioned that a photographer, Lawren Moneta, took a  frame of our honeycomb to create a bus wrap. Here's our Honey on a Bus.  Thanks to Translink for sending me this photo.

Pollination Symposium

We attended an excellent Pollination Symposium in Penticton on March 17. There were speakers from all across Canada from Universities, Federal and Provincial governments and private individuals.  There was even a PhD student who is studying fly pollination - who knew they are the only insect that pollinates coffee beans!   We bought an amazing book by Dr. Laurence Packer with incredible close-up photos of bees. Dr. Packer is a melittologist at York University in Toronto. A melittologist is someone whose main academic passion is the study of wild bees. This means someone who studies bees other than the domesticated western honey bee.

Loss of the Insect Hotel

On March 17 at approx. midnight, someone set fire to the insect hotel.  Fortunately, two local residents quickly called the fire department and the blaze was extinguished.  The RCMP were called and the fire is now deemed arson.  We are not allowed to replace the structure so we will be trying to figure out some other form of habitat for the native bees that is not flammable.

2016 Park and Tilford Gardens Plant Sale

WHEN:  April 23, 10 am to 1 pm

BeeFriendly will have an information booth at the entrance to the Gardens. Gardening gurus will also be there who have lots of information about bee friendly plants. There are great deals on plants and a whole section on bee friendly plants which sells out quickly.

Presentation to Para Landscaping

On February 10, Ric was one of the presenters at the Paraspace Landscaping Summit.  Ric educated staff on the benefits of bees in horticulture and ways that landscapers can help to save native bee species and promote their populations. Stay tuned on how Paraspace will be helping us in the future.

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