DIY Bee Barns continue to be one of our most popular products (available in both cedar & pine). The pine units are especially fun for kids, as the Barns can be painted, decorated and customized in a multitude of funky, colorful ways.
With your kids/grandkids, nieces/nephews at home more these days, why not put a DIY project under the Christmas tree this year? They come with building instructions and a there is a demonstration video on youtube to provide extra guidance if needed. ow.ly/XNuG50x92sm
Here's some photos of the beautiful Barns that have been put into gardens in the past few years:
In the midst of a BEE-utiful winter snowfall, we continue to split apart the nesting blocks in the bee building. It was a good year for bee reproduction and lots of the blocks are packed right full with cocoons.
When the bees run out of room in the tunnels, sometimes they even place cocoons on the ends of the blocks. Bees fill the blocks from the top down and use a wide variety of leaf material to form their cocoons which means lots of color variation in the capping of the cocoons.
Lunchbreak is over, back to work I go!
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In the Bee Building this week, we began splitting apart our nesting blocks. When brought in from the field in late August, the fresh cocoons inside the nesting tunnels needed to dry down (so we can safely extract those cocoons without causing damage). Since that time we've had big fans blowing onto the stacks of nesting blocks and we closely monitor the humidity level of our building.
In the field our nesting blocks are doubled-up, two blocks put together with a strip of cloth between and strapped together. Before the blocks can go through the extraction machine, they must be cut apart.
Below are some photos of the very full blocks which will soon become your Backyard Pollinators. The leafcutter bees were very busy this summer. In fact, sometimes the only tunnels which weren't filled to the brim are the ones which were covered by the plastic strapping.
We average about 1,000 blocks per day and we're 2 days into the process. It will be a good week's work to get this task done and dusted. Watch for a time lapse video (later this week), we'll show you how this job is done in fast forward!
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Our Bee Building, here's a little bit of history.....
This building is where our winter work happens, splitting the nesting blocks, extracting the bee larvae and putting the blocks back together again. For the next five months this building will be a busy place.
Our building has been repurposed, it was Imperial's first Town Hall. As a child I walked from the school with my class and we sang special songs for the Seniors group who gathered there each week. Town dances, wedding receptions and vacation bible school were all hosted in the hall.
Going way, way back, my grandfather even used to run the movie projector which played films for interested community members. When we bought the Hall from the Town of Imperial, that projector was still stored there.
In the 1990's there was a new medical centre built in Imperial. The former hospital became the new Town Hall and the old Town Hall sat vacant. We began using it for storage of our leafcutter bees and equipment in the early 2000's. It is a huge building, very solidly built and is very accessible for us. Directly across the street is our incubation building, the former Hill's Meats butcher shop.
So that's a little bit of nostalgia about our Bee Building. Do any of our local followers have any funny stories or memories of the old Town Hall??
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