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May 20, 2017 @ 6:30 am PDT

This explorer day will be all about Bumblebees and Bumble bee stewardship!

 We  will be meeting at the Bowen Park Amphitheatre (see the park map here) at 1:30 pm. Bumble Bee expert Ted Leischner will present information on Bumble bees and BB identification (hopefully we will be able to get a slide show up), we will then head to the meadows and the Rhodo garden to search for BBs and play a bumble bee game.
About our Bumblebee stewardship effort
At this explorer day we will not only learn about BBs and how to identify the different species that call Nanaimo home, we will also be learning about how to grow a bee friendly garden! And, we would like to kick off our summer-long effort to collect data on local bumble bee populations. When you spot a bee, try to identify it (or better yet get a photo of it) and send it along to our online database.  Once we have collected our summer’s worth of data we are hoping to identify BB hotspots where we will set up nest boxes next spring! So if you have been seeing Bumble bees around lately, try to get some photos to show Ted!


May 20, 2017
6:30 am UTC+0
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Explorer Day Etiquette:

  • Be prepared to HAVE FUN!
  • Pre-registration with your Club Leader is required for most Explorer Days (Friends are welcome if space permits).
  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure enough time for passport stamping and organization. Starting times are firm, and Leaders cannot wait for late-comers!
  • Please stay with the Leader and let them know if you are leaving early.
  • Children must always be accompanied by an adult guardian, who is responsible for their behaviour. Children consistently disrupting the experience of others may be asked to leave.
  • Bring appropriate weather gear, sunscreen, snacks, water, and other useful tools like binoculars, sketch books, cameras, and magnifying glasses.