A guest blog from Izabelle the Bumble Bee

OHP MapHello there, how are you? I bet this the first blog you've seen by a bee! Jill Robinson and the Habitat Acquisition Trust team invited me as a guest writer to give you a bee’s-eye view of your natural world. I have lived a full life of 335 days, and before passing the torch to you and the next generation of bees, I hope to share some pollen balls of wisdom to help you on your way.

My bee children have grown up right before my eyes at Oak Haven Park in Central Saanich, BC, becoming hardy workers in our productive pollinating society. Today the colony buzzes with activity, and I realize how fortunate we have been to live here at this protected park. With 25 acres of natural habitat and continuous blooms as far as a bee can buzz, we are grateful to the people that continue to protect and steward our beeautiful home.

After leaving the nest where I was born last fall, I crossed flight paths with a handsome bee who became my mate. He had the cutest moustache! After a wonderful time together, a chill filled the air and it was time for a rest. I was suddenly drawn to the scent of an abandoned mouse burrow. It might not seem appealing to you, but to me it was inviting and cozy. There I cuddled up to snooze the winter away in hibernation.

In spring, I awoke to a meadow of wildflowers. I foraged among the pink Sea Blush until I could begin a nest of my own. I proudly laid my eggs and warmed them with my body between trips for food. During these trips, I faced many unexpected challenges. I quickly learned to avoid the Scotch Broom Barrens, stretching on and on without flowers to feed on. As my babies grew to adulthood and joined the family business, some of them ventured into new territories. Beyond the park boundaries, many were exposed to poisonous pesticides. Some returned to the nest feeling quite unwell and others, not returning at all. This loss will be felt for generations. Not just for us bees, but for the plants and animals that rely on our fruitful efforts. Just think of all the plants they could have pollinated!

The buzz around town is that other hives may be in trouble too. As future Queen Bees venture from our colony to start their own hives elsewhere, I fear they will encounter vast seas of bloomless grass, concrete deserts and dangerous hidden pesticides.

HAT 20 years timeline beeline infographic FinalizabelleThis is where you can make a difference. You have the power to speak up for bees. You can cover more ground than we ever could to protect the natural lands we need most. Your support means that Habitat Acquisition Trust can continue planting gardens with children, saving meadows from becoming concrete, and giving people the tools they need to keep bees safe.

Glad to beefriend you,

Izabelle the Bumble Bee

Yes, Izabelle! I hear your buzz and I'll take action for you with my donation today.

For more info on Habitat Acquisition Trust activities and your local bees click below:

HAT Chat Fall Newsletter or Pollinators Stewardship Series Guide



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