Never Heard of Mason Bees? Check out a Presentation this Sunday and see What They can do for Your Garden

Did you know that just 250 Blue Orchard Mason Bees can accomplish the same pollination work as about 40,000 honeybees? And that our local parks are home to these fabulous little creatures?

Join the Bainbridge Island Parks and Trails Foundation on Sunday, April 21 from 3-5 p.m. for a Stewards Circle event at the Hilltop Orchard and Pru’s House (Grand Forest, Mandus Olson Road entrance) to learn all about the magic of Mason Bees, including ways to host them in your very own yard!

Mason Bee
The elusive Mason Bee

Celebrate these heralds of spring with the parks’ Stewards Circle, who are sustaining donors who generously support the Foundation’s ongoing stewardship of the native habitats of Bainbridge Island’s public parks and trails.

“We are excited to welcome local Emmy-Award winning writer Lynn Brunelle to lead a family-friendly activity drawing from her recent tome, “Turn This Book into a Beehive,” to build your own hives.” says Mary Meier, Parks Foundation Executive Director. “We’ll also have a chance to visit with the occupants of the Hilltop hives firsthand with Thyra McKelvie from Rent Mason Bees. This will be an exciting way to get the family outside on a Sunday stroll and engage directly with one of the tiny wonders of our local parks and trails.”

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Lynn Brunelle, a Bainbridge Island parent, is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” with over 25 years’ experience writing for people of all ages, across all manner of media. Previously a classroom science, English and art teacher for kids K-12, she is an award-winning author of over 50 titles, including Turn This Book into a Beehive, Pop Bottle Science, Camp Out! World, Almanac Puzzler Decks, Mama’s Little Book of Tricks. Lynn’s three exciting 2024 books, Haiku EW!, The Pop-up Planetarium, and Life After Whale, will be available at the event for signature.

Thyra McKelvie is also a Bainbridge Island parent and Managing Director and Pollination Program Educator at Rent Mason Bees. Thyra oversees the organization’s efforts to help gardeners host solitary bees and engages in public outreach to teach more people about solitary bees and the importance of taking care of local pollinators.

If you are unable to attend, don’t despair!

Our trail-ready staff and board members would be delighted to guide you, including Elizabeth Ozimek, walking group leader, and Dave Shorett, local trail expert and co-author of 30 Walks on Bainbridge. Email for a personal guided trail walk.

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