Specialist High Skills Major students from Saint Michael Catholic High School and Saint Paul Catholic High School participated in a project this year to help protect bees in Niagara.
On June 27, the students and their teachers were joined by Niagara Parks Commissions staff for the unveiling of a “bee hotel” in the Legacy Prairie Garden at the Botanical Gardens in Niagara Falls. The project was done in co-operation with the Niagara Parks Commission and the Alumni Association of the Niagara School of Horticulture.
The structure, made from a re-purposed oak tree believed to have been between 200 and 500 years old when it fell down last year, will be home to approximately 500 different species of solitary bees which are native to Ontario. The 10 x 10 hotel has tiny holes which will shelter the solitary bees.