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Kids Page
Our kids page is about fun and learning about our native bees and our honey bees. 


Our kids page is about fun and learning about our native bees and our honey bees.

There are a lot of fun family projects that can be done to promote and help our bees.
They can include.
Planting flowering plants that bloom at different times of the growing season.
Providing a water source in your back yard for local bees.
Build nesting boxes for Bumble Bees
Provide habitat for mason and leaf cutter bees.
Build a sugar water feeder for bees. Then carefully observe what types of bees visit your feeder.
Construct an insect wall to attract pollinators and other benificial insects.
Observing different types of bees in your garden and taking photo's of them see how many you can find and identify.
Building an bee wall is a great family project with little cost as most of the materials used can be recycled materials. The bee walls below were constructed out of old bee hives boxes, old landscape timbers and recycled wood. These walls can provide habitat for mason bees, leaf cutter bees, bumble bees and other native bees.

Here is an easy to make bumblebee habitat using a card board nuc box a scrap piece of card board as a divider and burlap bag scraps. Place old mouse nesting materials under the burlap. I have kept rescued bumblebee nests in this set up with good results. Join us in the bumblebee study. 


Bee-cam located on top of the Anythink Library Commerce City Colorado. Once you have logged in to the bee-cam you may move the camera up, down, left, right, zoom in, zoom out and focus camera.
http://beecam.anythinklibraries.org



Above photos are the bumble bee boxes incorporated in the bee walls.

Photo below has a bee wall habitat incorporated in a fence. The pond will supply water for the mason bees and honey bees. The pond also provides mud for the mason bees the need mud to seal off the egg chambers.


Below are some great links for ideas for your insect wall project. 

How to make - A Habitat Wall.pub - Sussex Wildlife Trust  (pdf)
http://www.honeybeesuite.com/pollinator-walls-bee-towers-and-insect-hotels/
http://www.studiogblog.com/garden-construction-materials/shed-other-garden-buildings/encouraging-native-bees-with-insect-walls/
Bee walls, habitat and nesting blocks (pdf)
Nests for Native Bees - The Xerces Society (pdf) includes bumble bee habitat and ground nesting bees.
http://happyfarming.com/2009/01/02/how-to-build-a-bumble-bee-nest/ bumble bee hive plans.

Feeding bees in your back yards can be a fun way for your family to observe bees. All you need is a canning jar with a lid, sugar and water. Take the canning jar and drill or puncture small 1/16 holes in the lid of the jar. Mix sugar with water at a 50/50 ratio tighten the lid. Place the bee feeder outside near a window if you want to watch them from inside the home. Turn the jar upside down and place on top of two small pieces of wood so that the bees can get to the holes in the lid of the jar. When the first bee finds the feeder she will tell her sisters about it and you and your family will see a lot bees. Have fun watching your feeder.

Planting for bees providing flowering plants for native bees and honey bees is a great family project. It requires some hard work like preparing the soil for planting. Planting the seeds and watering your bee garden. Select a varity of flowering plants that will flower at diferent times of the growing season. This will encourage the bees to keep coming back. The small cost to this project is cost of the seeds. Below is a link for planting for native bees in different regions. It includes the Colorado Plateau and other regions in the US.
http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm







Complete projects and photos coming soon
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