Vancouver Foundation

Spring 2013

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Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants Beautiful Flowers begin with a The buzz about beekeeping by stephanie thatcher | photos tiffany cooper When you think about bees, what comes to mind? Honey? Hives? Yellow and black stripes? Stings? Well, Tanya Otero would like you to think again, and introduce you to BC's native pollinator: the mason bee. "These are truly West Coast bees," Otero explains. "They're the only bees that work in the rain!" Found along the west coast of North America, mason bees don't produce honey and only sting if in mortal peril. They are also solitary page 18 I Vancouver Foundation l Spring 2013 p18-19 Bees.indd 18 Photos: Getty Images (bee), iStock (flowers) 13-05-22 1:23 PM

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