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Mason Bees For Your Yard
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
10:00 AM Coffee and Cookies
Meeting begins at 10:15 AM

King County Library Conference Room
12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle

Open to all Ages


Speaker: Missy Anderson, WSU Master Gardener and Bee Specialist
Topic: Mason Bees for Your Yard

Me, a Bee Farmer?
Hear why hosting mason bees will "bee" the easiest pet you’ve ever had! 
These non-stinging native pollinators are safe around kids and pets.

Mason bees (Osmia Lignaria) are native to PNW. 

They look like a fly with antennae. Mason Bees DO NOT STING!
They are fabulous pollinators and live in holes they find or we provide.  You may already have some in the shingles of your roof or holes in your fence.   
All the females are fertile, there is no queen.  They are very gentile and non-aggressive; perfectly save around kids and pets.

We have all heard that honey bees are in trouble.  Mason bees cannot replace them, but can be supportive for fruit and berry crops.  You do not have to have fruit trees to be successful. 

All you need is:
1) a dry place to hang the nest 2) spring pollen-bearing plants 3) and mud.

There is no poop to scoop or weekly grooming.  Simply hang a nesting box on a wall that is dry and watch them fly in and out collecting pollen and carrying mud.  If mud is lacking, have kids make mud pies for a craft.  Be the first neighborhood with a pollinator mud pie in every yard.  Get started by visiting www.rentmasonbees.com  

Join us for a free informative presentation on
Saturday February 15 at 10:00 am.  All ages welcome.
Newcastle Library 12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle, WA
Sponsored by Newcastle Community Wildlife Habitat Program

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