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Native Bee House Making Workshop

Event date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
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Learn about the importance of native bees and pollination for the food on our table.  You’ll build your own native bee house to take home for your backyard, and learn how we can help take care of them throughout the year.

About 30 percent of the 5,000 native bee species in North America build nests in a variety of aboveground cavities or tunnels. These can be beetle holes in wood, hollow or pithy plant stems, brush piles, standing snags, or cavities in human-made structures.

There are two main kinds of cavity-nesting (tunnel-nesting) bees: mason bees (Osmia species), which are mostly active in the spring, and leafcutter bees (Megachile species), which are active in the summer. Both types are found across the U.S. and can provide important pollination services for fruits and vegetables.

Unlike honey bees, there is no colony with workers, there are no swarms, and they do not produce honey. Solitary bees are nonaggressive; they rarely sting unless they are grabbed or caught in clothing. 

Bee hotels can be built on any budget for farms, gardens, and parks. In addition to their role in increasing bee abundance, bee hotels can be an educational and fun way to learn about wild bees.

Join us on Saturday, March 25 to make a bee hotel! You will get to take it home.

Location: Athol Library

Time: 10am-12pm

Register on the Athol Library Website.