Vancouver abuzz this spring

April 18, 2017 by  

The arrival of spring signals the return of many creatures to Vancouver, with one of the smallest but most vital being the honeybee. An event has been planned that will give them a warm welcome.

Vancouver residents are invited to come out to the city’s Cathedral Square Park, where an assortment of planters will have been prepared with pollen and nectar-rich plants to give the bees a good meal after a long winter. Members of the public can come to the park and enjoy their lunch and watch these tiny yet important insects as they return.

The next day’s session will be dedicated to meeting the bees and learning about the methods they use to communicate, as well as how the hive is constructed. Brochures can provide more information to those who take part in the activity.

The events are being hosted courtesy of a partnership between the Downtown Vancouver Business Association and the Vancouver Park Board, as well as Hives for Humanity. The goal is to both provide a safe haven for bees and other pollinators, as well as to educate the public about environmental stewardship.

The honeybees are scheduled to arrive on May 14th, and the public is encouraged to join in giving them a hearty welcome. They are also invited to return to the park on May 15 to learn more about them. Both activities are free of charge, and further information can be found on the city’s website.