The Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District visited the Nevis School Thursday, Sept. 30 to talk about pollinators.

According to forest service technician Brandon Spain-Brist, the demonstration provided basic information on mason bees to Ashley Anderson’s agriculture/Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.

The focus, he said, was on why pollinators are important and why we should care.

Kiera Andress, left, and Kayleigh Calloway make colorful food-can beehives Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 in agriculture/CTE teacher Ashley Anderson's seventh- and eighth-grade class at the Nevis School.
Contributed / Brandon Spain-Brist
Kiera Andress, left, and Kayleigh Calloway make colorful food-can beehives Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 in agriculture/CTE teacher Ashley Anderson's seventh- and eighth-grade class at the Nevis School. Contributed / Brandon Spain-Brist

“We also did a short demonstration on how to make your own mason beehives for the 12th and 7th-8th grade classes,” he said. “After that, the classes were given materials and started to create and decorate their own mason beehives.”

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According to the Ecological Landscape Alliance, mason bees are tiny, non-honey-producing insects that nest in hollow plant stems, tunnels left by boring insects and certain man-made materials.