I want to let you know about a wonderful program that will be taking place here on Tuesday evening, May 5, from 6:30-7:30pm.
I’m sure that you have heard about the plight of the honeybee; the fact that there are huge die-offs due to disease and environmental factors. People have relied on this tireless worker, sometimes transporting them over hundreds of miles, to pollinate our food crops. The fact that numbers are dwindling is certainly cause for alarm.
But, perhaps you were not aware of the small, grey, unprepossessing mason bee, and the fact that she is also a tireless pollinator who will do wonders for our home gardens and orchards. Local author and mason bee expert Sherian Wright will tell you all about how to get started with mason bees and how to create an environment where they will want to stay and thrive.
I attended one of Sherian’s presentations years ago and now have multiple mason bee houses around my yard and gardens. My husband loves making them and the bees seem to love having them around. Some of the ones he’s made have old license plates as roofs. Others have recycled roofing tiles from this library, which we bought at auction when the roof was replaced. Still others have simple wooden shakes as roofs. Whatever material is used, the mason bees will find their special house and put it to good use. They, in turn, will pollinate those berry bushes, fruit trees, and vegetable plants for a bountiful harvest.
I hope you will put this program on your schedule of activities for this spring. You'll learn a lot about creating a welcoming habitat for these hardworking, humble little creatures.
Until next time!