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Nevis students explore bee masonry

Seniors and CTE students in grades 7-8 participated in a project to support tiny pollinators.

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Students Aiden Thompson, left, Nakhi Hollingsworth and Mathias Warrington show their progress making beehives with food cans and rolled-up brown paper Sept. 30, 2021 in Anderson's 12th grade class. Contributed / Brandon Spain-Brist

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.

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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

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“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.”

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.

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Brandon Spain-Brist, forest resource technician with the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District, showed Nevis students on Sept. 30, 2021 how to turn recyclable materials into eye-catching beehives. Contributed / Brandon Spain-Brist

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