Vancouver garden to show some love to local bumblebees

May 10, 2018 by  

The UBC Botanical Garden is home to some small and fuzzy pollinators, and an event will introduce those who take part to these hardworking insects.

Those who come to the Bumblebee Parade & Picnic will learn more about the different species of these bees that call the gardens home. They will also discover the plants that attract them and the important role they play in the ecosystem.

The ticketholders for the occasion will be led on a walking tour of the grounds, and it will be facilitated by Brian Campbell and Marika van Reeuwyk, who are experts in entomology in general with a special interest in bees. The participants are reminded to come dressed appropriately for the weather and to bring a magnifying glass so they can get a closeup look at the bumblebees.

After the tour, the group will stop for a picnic-style lunch. Those who attend are asked to bring along a litterless style meal, and they will eat outdoors in the garden, weather permitting. If it is raining, they will eat next to the food garden in Taylor Plaza instead. Print shops can provide simple identification guides, garden maps and other items to use as part of an event like this.

The activity will see members of the public get to know bumblebees a little bit better, and will be held on June 17. The garden’s website can be consulted for more information.