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Summer's A'Buzz at Explorit

This article appeared in the July 6, 2018 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Summer's A'Buzz at Explorit

A solitary bee house. Photo by Robert Engelhardt.

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

Summer Science camp is in full swing at Explorit as campers gear up to explore nature’s many wonders next week in Take a Walk on the Wild Side, a camp investigating local flora and fauna.

 

Campers will have a chance to discover the many animals and plants that call Davis home. They will uncover the interconnected relationships of natural ecosystems while finding ways to support them.

 

One easy way we can all support local wildlife is the make and hang mason bee boxes in our gardens. Mason bee boxes can be assembled in minutes out of common items, and serve generations of bees.

 

To make a mason bee box, you will need: a 4”x4” piece of untreated wood approximately 8-12 inches long, a drill with 5/16” bit and a place to set up your bee box outside.

 

Simply drill a series of holes into one side of the wood about 3 inches deep. Don’t drill all the way through the wood. Mason bees want a back wall for their home.

 

Then mount your box outside and let the bees move in. An ideal spot is sunny, protected from wind and rain, 4-5 feet off the ground and faces southeast.

 

Mason bees will lay their eggs in the holes in the spring, the larvae will hatch in the summer, then hibernate through the winter, emerging as a new generation of adult bees in the next year. Once they find a safe place to lay their eggs, Mason bees will continue to return to the same site for generations.

 

 

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

  • Visit our Feathers exhibition! Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.

  • Summer Camp registration is open now! Visit http://www.explorit.org/programs/programs/summer-camp for a full schedule and to register online. Or call 530-756-0191.

  • Consider a donation to Explorit. Now more than ever, we need science education. Your donations help Explorit serve our community with exhibits, activities and educational outreach programs in 15 surrounding counties. Sponsor a program or summer camp scholarships by making a gift at explorit.org/support, or call us for more details.

  • Looking for that perfect gift?  Give the gift of science with a membership to Explorit and also gain free access to hundreds of science museums across the nation. For more information or to purchase or renew your membership online visit www.explorit.org/join/membership-levels or call Explorit at 530-756-0191. For a list of participating museums across the nation visit http://www.astc.org/passport/.

  • Be an informal science educator for a day! Explorit is looking for volunteers to accompany our educators into classrooms during the day and assist with presenting hands-on science to school children. If this sounds like you, please fill out a volunteer application at http://www.explorit.org/support/volunteer/volunteer-application.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.
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