Bee Box Installation at Glenbow Ranch

Event Details

April 28th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane, Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring

Canada is home to 40 native species of bumble bee, including the special concern yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola) and threatened western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis). Since 2013, Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) has been working to conserve declining pollinators through monitoring, research, conservation breeding, and education.

WPC is leading a native bee project at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the Nature Conservancy of Canada is proud to partner with them on this initiative!

Please note: Volunteers will be required to walk approximately 3km one direction in order to get to the site of box installation.

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About Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Cochrane

Located between Calgary and Cochrane south of Highway 1A lies 3,246 acres of public protected land. In 2006 the Harvie family sold this land to the Government of Alberta for less than market value with the intentions of conserving the land and protecting it from development. In 2008 the land was designated as a provincial park.

The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) has worked to construct a trail network of nearly 30 km, creating an ideal space for recreation. The GRPF also leads research, education, and stewardship initiatives at the park.

What you will be doing

In preparation for the arrival of the queen bees, volunteers will work with us to help install underground bee boxes at various locations on Glenbow Ranch. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up for an ID workshop if they wish to take part in the monitoring throughout the summer.

Why you will love it

Wildlife Preservation Canada will be on site to give a talk about native bees and a low down on the ecological significance of this project.

Questions?

Contact Zoe Arnold: alberta@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

Volunteers will be required to walk approximately 3km one direction in order to get to the site of box installation. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided closer to event day.

Moderate fitness level required
Out house/ bearbox
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Wildlife Preservation Canada is a proud partner of this event

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

Clothes
  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Warm layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Toque
  • Windproof outer layer
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication