While most of us think of pollinators as either honey bees, bumblebees, butterflies or moths, there are many other insects that pollinate plants. Among these are mason bees. Small solitary bees that normally nest in rotted logs or other small holes, these are shy bees that are not aggressive and do not sting people. They lay their eggs in their tiny homes, which may be in close proximity to other mason bees, but they do not live in hives. Solitary bees are responsible for a large proportion of the pollination that occurs in our local gardens and forests, visiting more than 1000 blossoms each day and pollinating more flowers than honey bees do.
Families will have a unique opportunity to create special habitat for mason bees by participating in this workshop. Each family or individual registrant will assemble a mason bee 'hotel', a teepee-like structure that will contain small tubes, that they can then take home to attract mason bees as an ideal place to lay their eggs.
The workshop will accommodate 12 families or individuals and the cost is $15 per kit (one kit per family). This event is co-hosted by NRWA and Woodcock Nature Center.
Pre-registration is required and is non-refundable. Contact Woodcock to register at (203) 762-7280.