Explore the world of native bees

Come listen to a free presentation called Pollinators That Really Perform on Tuesday, October 25.

  • Oct. 18, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Come listen to a free presentation called Pollinators That Really Perform on Tuesday, October 25 on the importance of native bees and their role in pollinating our ecosystem. Plus you’ll learn how to build a simple bee home that will make your garden blossom whether you grow flowers, fruits or vegetables.

Hosted by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), the presentation highlights the importance of native bees to the world around us and provides valuable information on how to attract and keep them in your yard.

“When you mention bees, most people think of honey bees that were imported from Europe,” says insect biologist and presenter Lynn Westcott. “Native bees, however, are a very different beast. There are hundreds of native bee species in Canada and nearly all are non-aggressive. Most importantly, native bees, especially mason bees, are also incredibly efficient pollinators.”

This wide-ranging presentation explores native bee identification, the important role they play in the environment, the different bee groups that might be encountered in the Nakusp area, and how to build simple bee “condos” that will attract them.

Pollination is key to our ecosystems. Nearly 90 per cent of all plants require pollination for fertilization, and one third of what we eat depends on it. It is critical for biodiversity, wildlife, agriculture and colourful gardens.

“The variation in their colour, size and appearance is incredible,” adds Westcott. “Given the critical role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems and human food systems we should be doing everything we can to help these amazing pollinators.”


Pollinators That Really Perform will be held at 7.00 p.m. on October 25, at the Senior’s Hall at 210, 8th Ave. NW, in Nakusp. Registration is not required. For more information visit fwcp.ca or call 250-352-6874.