Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario

Audio Bee Booth for Greenway (2011)
an amplified habitat installation for wild, solitary nesting bees and wasps

By Sarah Peebles.  Assisted by Rob Cruickshank, electronics; John Kuisma, woodworking; Chris Bennett, pyrography.

Current location: Royal Botanical Gardens as of Spring, 2014. This permanent booth will be open to the public during business hours. An entrance fee to RBG may apply. (Relocated from Greenway’s Nature Centre, 2011)

Commissioned for Greenway’s Nature Centre at Greenway Blooming Centre (Breslau, Ontario) through CANPOLIN, and generously supported by TD Friends of the Environment and NSERC-CANPOLIN.

Resonating Bodies - Greenway’s Nature Centre

Resonating Bodies - Greenway’s Nature Centre

Resonating Bodies - Carder Bee Photo

This “wool carder bee” (genus Anthidium) was “carding” material from the underside of plant leaves to make its nest within the booth in 2011 (see more inhabitants here).  Previously at Greenway’s Nature Centre, the booth is now at RBG at their native plant garden. How appropriate!

Resonating Bodies - Greenway Booth

The booth contains magnifying lense, reading glasses and headphones (Above photos by Rob Cruickshank).

Below, details of Chris Bennett’s awesome pyrography of native bees and plants and their biology (photos by Sarah Peebles).

Resonating Bodies - Greenway Booth

Resonating Bodies - Greenway Booth

Resonating Bodies - Greenway Booth

Resonating Bodies - Greenway Booth

Resonating Bodies - Greenway Booth

Resonating Bodies - Greenway Booth

More photos and comments here:
Flickr: Solitary Dream Homes (for Toronto Bees)’s Photostream

For more details, demo videos, and notes on safety and bee stings see  Audio Bee Booths.