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Fri, Jul 19


Central Kootenay

Bee Biology and Identification Workshop (1)

Join us and the Kootenay Native Plant Society for a 2 day beestrvaganza! One day of mini bee school at Kokanee Creek Nature Park followed by a day of fun looking for bees in Beaver Creek!

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Bee Biology and Identification Workshop (1)
Bee Biology and Identification Workshop (1)

Time & Location

Jul 19, 2024, 9:30 a.m. – Jul 20, 2024, 2:00 p.m.

Central Kootenay, Central Kootenay, BC V0G 1C0, Canada

About the Event

Bee Biology and Identification Workshop

Have you always wanted to know how to ID the amazing diversity of bees buzzing around your flowers? Where do they nest, what do they eat, and how can you support them? Join our Bee Biology and Identification Workshop! This classroom-based session will provide you with identification strategies for the most common bees on Vancouver Island, as well as in depth information on their nesting, overwintering, and flower preferences! This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate students and will focus on recognizing our common bumble bee species and our common solitary bee genera. We will be examining bee specimens using low magnification digital microscopes, focusing on features that can be observed in the field and in photographs. The following day we will go on a “Bee Quest”, exploring local natural areas and observing bees and their habitat in the field.

Bonnie Zand is an RPBio based out of the Comox Valley. She works in the intersections of pollination and agriculture, running an IPM consulting company and leading the Pollinators in Vancouver Island Agriculture Project. Bonnie is also a board member of the Native Bee Society of BC and is the BC instructor for the Master Melittologist Program. In her free time she plants for native bees, and raises goats, garlic and a seven year old  on her hobby farm. Find a teaser of the workshop here, from a recent interview Bonnie gave to North by Northwest.

There is the choice of attending the full workshop or only one of the days.

Registration is initially open for Both Days or Mini Bee School classroom only.

Spaces for Bee Quest will open once Mini Bee School is full.

Thank you to our funders, who help make workshops like this one possible!

BC Parks

BC Parks Foundation

Columbia Basin Trust

Regional District of the Central Kootenay

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary

Teck Trail Operations

Pricing: $200 NBSBC members. Bursaries available for financial need - send us an email at

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