Protecting Pollinators Through Community Collaboration

We have been busy as bees this spring working on our Protecting Pollinators project. With grants from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the Sitka Foundation, and ATB Financial, we have been spreading awareness about pollinators with bee hotels!

A bee hotel is a simple structure that provides solitary bees with a place to lay their eggs. We have held several workshops where participants have built their own hotel, will be working with Sustainable Food Edmonton to place bee hotels in community gardens, and are working to install 20 large bee hotels throughout the city. So far, we have installed bee hotels with the John Janzen Nature Centre, Edmonton Valley Zoo, MacEwan University and Reclaim Urban Farm, as well as at three Edmonton schools - Crestwood, Good Shepherd and Monsignor William Irwin.

There's still time to get involved! We have two workshops on May 28  where you can build your own bee hotel, or you can buy a kit from our online store and pick it up on June 4 at Bonnie Fest. We also have a few large bee hotels left to install at local businesses - if you are interested, contact Rebecca at rebecca@ealt.ca.

We'd also like to say thank you to Lee Valley Tools and Greenmunch for donating tools and supplies to make our project a success, and to Suncor for sponsoring our bee hotel workshops.