Help needed: Constructing a solitary bee hotel at Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield Farms

Update as of June 25, 2018: Thanks to everyone that responded to Philip regarding the Solitary Bee Hotel project at Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield Farms in Littleton.  Philip received a lot of replies from interested Scout Leaders.  He’d like to limit the responses to the groups that have responded so far, and will begin contacting them with specifics for the project.  Thanks again!

Submitted by Philip Cuka

Metro Denver

Littleton

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (DBG-CF) in South Littleton is interested in having a solitary bee hotel on site.  The hotel would serve as a nesting location for a variety of solitary bees, and other pollinators, which are needed for the variety of flowers and vegetables in the area.  The hotel will also serve as an educational piece for raising public awareness about the important role of pollinators in the food chain, and threats to their livelihood.

In late summer/fall 2018, the DBG-CF staff is planning to hold a volunteer event for creating individual solitary bee houses.  The houses will then be placed in the solitary bee hotel.  The event will be similar to last Fall’s event at Waterton Canyon (https://denverwatertap.org/2017/08/07/naturegoers-abuzz-new-bee-hotel/), and is being directed by some of the same members.

For this year’s event, the DBG-CF staff is looking for a Girl Scout or troop to assist with the construction of the bee hotel.  A design has already been decided on, and materials are being gathered by several groups.  The Girl Scout/troop would will have the opportunity to (learn to) use a variety of hand tools in the construction of the hotel.  No experience is necessary.  The construction of the hotel is currently planned for late July/early August.

For more information, please contact Philip Cuka at SolitaryBeeBandB@yahoo.com.

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