Next time you visit the Community Gardens at Hoffman Park, look for the Bee-N-Bee hotels! This wonderful addition to the Gardens is by Sarah Michalak, a local Girl Scout who developed a conservation/preservation project to help solitary bees. Working with Park District staff and volunteer gardeners, she selected a nice location at the Give Back Gardens where the bee hotels could be observed and the bee’s natural work could also help veggie production.
These Bee-N-Bee hotels cater to mason bees, who are not known as well as the famous honey bee. These bees live their whole life without a colony situation and look for natural features, hollow reeds, and stems to lay their eggs. This conservation effort is meant to bolster the local mason bees as they are great pollinators in our natural and agricultural environments.
Thank you to Sarah Michalak for her conservation/preservation project and her hard work and dedication on building and providing the Bee-N-Bee hotels. This has been a wonderful conservation partnership opportunity.