Coquitlam area workshop to offer mason bees a warm welcome

January 14, 2019 by  

Mason bees are a native species that are adept pollinators, and inviting them into a garden can be beneficial for plants and animals alike. This is not difficult to do, and during a workshop that will be offered near Coquitlam, members of the public will find out what they can do to make these helpful insects feel welcome.

The hour-long activity will offer an introduction to the biology of mason bees, what they need to survive and thrive, and also their importance to the overall ecosystem. They can live in urban, suburban and rural environments, and tend of be docile.

Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology’s Dr. Veronica Wahl will lead the session, and those who register are reminded to bring along two empty two-liter pop or milk containers, as these will be used to construct bee houses. Each participant will have a chance to make one of these structures, which they can then place on their property and, with a little bit of luck, it will not be long before it will have some new occupants.

The registration fee for this event is $10, and all of the students in the class will receive $10 in “market money” from the Coquitlam Farmers’ Market Society. A local printer can use graphic design techniques to prepare customized stationery products like these.

The Port Moody Recreation Complex will be offering this environmental project on February 17. It will be held outdoors, so anyone who registers is reminded to dress appropriately.