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Bee Houses | Spirit Works

Bee Houses

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-Large Bee Refuge: yellow cedar exterior with red cedar totem and copper trim, with 10 nesting trays = $150.00 ea. -Small Bee Refuge: yellow cedar exterior with red cedar trim , , with 5 nesting trays = $ 75.00 ea. -Pack of 5 nesting trays = $25.00

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Spirit Works Bee Refuge

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

Albert Einstein

With bee populations collapsing all over the world Spirit Works has taken a great interest in finding solutions.  While there are many variables to blame for the collapse (GMO’s, irresponsible  insecticide use, lack of biodiversity, etc.) a major contributor of their demise is loss of habitat.

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An apprentice worker.

 The Bees that do most of the pollinating are “Native Bees”.  Unlike honey bees they make their homes, and lay their eggs, in ground burrows and hollow plant stems.  Every spring we plow the burrows under and clean out the stems to plant our crops and gardens, thus killing our little black and yellow friends.  Based on this information Spirit Works has developed a safe place for them to take up residence and lay their eggs.

Because we are protecting our “Native Bees” we thought it would be prudent to build them a “Native Bee House”.  The exterior is made from Red and Yellow Cedar (made of salvaged cut-offs from milling operations), and the inside trays, where the Bees live, will be made of Spruce or Fir salvaged from construction sites.

Social Responsibility

In keeping with Spirit Works’ guiding principles we are always looking for opportunities to provide public benefits on our projects as well as do our part to protect the environment.  Along these lines Spirit Works will be working with the Squamish and Sechelt First Nations to provide Indigenous youth with employment and training to build these Bee Refuges.  We will also be using only materials that are salvaged, recycled or otherwise sustainable in the Refuge’s construction.  Furthermore Spirit Works will be splitting all profits from the sale of these to the Bee Friendly Bee Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to Bee education and the preservation of our Bee friends.

 

Interested in learning more about what you can do to help save the bees? Visit BeeFriendly Native Bee Conservation Society’s website and discover how you can be part of the solution.

Spirit Works has three Bee Refuge Products: The large and small houses and the nesting trays. 

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