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Bath Time for Bees

Last week’s monthly visit from the staff and volunteers from the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) had us learning about our Mason Bees and giving them some TLC. Opening the nest tubes we saw the difference in the male and female cocoon’s. We saw strong healthy cocoons and those that were affected by mites, maggots and other creatures determined to destroy our pollinators. Collecting all the cocoons they were then given a gentle bath and left to dry. Once dried they will be placed in a ziplock bag and stored in a fridge until spring. It was a excellent experience and felt good to be giving our crucial pollinators a better chance of survival.

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