Residents of Chartwell Willow Retirement Community planted bee-friendly plants and learned about the tiny yellow creatures at an event put on by ARMS on Wednesday called A Day in the Garden. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

ARMS teaches the importance of bees

Residents of Willow Manor learn about bees at an information session put on by the Alouette River Management Society

Residents of Chartwell Willow Retirement Community learned about the importance of bees during an information session held by the Alouette River Management Society on Wednesday.

ARMS brought their observation beehive containing 30,000 bees to the senior’s residence for the session called A Day in the Garden, where people had a chance to talk with the pollinator project team and plant bee-friendly plants in garden beds on the north side of the building.

Tim Bientjes, a summer student with ARMS, explained that honey bees are not a native species in Canada and are completely reliant on agriculture.

“So they are relatively safe because they live in hives made by people,” he explained to the crowd gathered around the hive.

He also said that there are other species of bees in trouble like the Western honey bee which is found in the area and is being put on the endangered species list. There are other species of bee, Bientjes added, that we know nothing about.

Bientjes said that the number one reason why bee populations are threatened is habitat loss and fragmentation. People have big grass lawns and remove dandelions and clovers, a food source for the tiny creatures.

He added that pesticides are still an issue if people are spraying all year long, but most farmers spray after the blooming season.

“If it is done at the right time of year then the risks can be mitigated,” noted Bientjes.

Residents also had an opportunity to paint wooden butterflies or build a mason bee house during the event.

ARMS was formed as a society in 1993 with a primary focus to negotiate with BC Hydro an increase in the river’s base flow from the Alouette Dam.

Since 1996, ARMS has become involved in almost all aspects of watershed stewardship, including education, inventory and monitoring, habitat restoration and lobbying for the protection of aquatic habitat.

The volunteer supported society is dedicated to proactively protecting and improving the Alouette Watershed and surrounding areas by creating a healthy environment connecting parks, trail systems, public centers and waterways.

They are involved in watershed inventory and monitoring, habitat restoration, public awareness and adopt-a-stream, liaising with all levels of government and private land owners, and working towards the protection of aquatic habitat. ARMS offers environmental education programs including field trips, classroom and habitat programs, and day camps.

The group is currently advocating for a fish ladder over the Alouette Dam.

 

Residents of Chartwell Willow Retirement Community look at an oberservation beehive as they learned about the tiny yellow creatures at an event put on by ARMS on Wednesday called A Day in the Garden. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Residents of Chartwell Willow Retirement Community look at an oberservation beehive as they learned about the tiny yellow creatures at an event put on by ARMS on Wednesday called A Day in the Garden. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Residents of Chartwell Willow Retirement Community planted bee-friendly plants and learned about the tiny yellow creatures at an event put on by ARMS on Wednesday called A Day in the Garden. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Just Posted

No easy way to stop drowning deaths in Maple Ridge park

Not sure if signs make difference, said search and rescue

Nominations sought for the Extraordinary Senior Award

Deadline for nominations is July 31

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MP Dan Ruimy pleased with Trudeau cabinet shuffle

Ruimy says shuffle focuses on top priorities; Conservatives say it’s an admission of failure.

Maple Ridge action team gets funding to fight drug crisis

Grant of $100,000 announced by ministry of mental health

Stolen sunshade puts damper on Lower Mainland woman’s pet-relief effort

Broken umbrella taken from White Rock lawn ‘within 10 minutes’

Woman charged after eight dogs seized from hotel room

Sixteen dogs recently seized from Adams and her daughter in Quesnel

Owner of B.C. fruit stand recounts ‘flames popping up everywhere’ from wildfire

The Mount Eneas wildfire is burning at about 200 hectares south of Peachland

VIDEO: Lower Mainland city introduces ‘a new way to play’

Upgraded playgrounds and public playboxes unveiled in Langley City

Ontario, Saskatchewan premiers join together to oppose federal carbon plan

Saskatchewan is already involved in a court case over the tax

For-profit ridesharing legislation long overdue: BC Conservatives

Interim party leader Scott Anderson said the provincial government should step out of the way

5 to start your day

A woman is dead in a Mission crash, friends celebrate life of South Surrey train victim and more

One dead after fatal motorcycle crash on BC’s Highway 11

Mission RCMP are investigating a crash that claimed one life

Most Read