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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will make a house for mason bees or other types of solitary bees.



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - it must be designed to satisfy the cavity nesting characteristics of a solitary bee species of your area
  - it must be designed/located to protect the tubes from rain
  - natural wood and steel/wood fasteners (no glue, plywood, stain, paint)

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
  - post a pic of your solitary bee house under construction
  - post a pic of your finished solitary bee house either:
       - in its final mounted location, or
       - not in a final location if the design can handle the weather without additional protection
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steward
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I made a mason bee house!  I used cupplant stalks, some other stalk (possibly milkweed), twigs and pieces of paper rolled around a pencil.  The housing is a #10 can.  It's under a roof overhang and facing south.  
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Built a mason bee hotel today, from scrap 1x4s and finish nails, using a hand saw to cut the chunks of board. The reeds were courtesy of Jocelyn, and it was mounted today to the base camp garage!
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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One note on this BB, for consistency, this one is listed as last picture needing it to be mounted for completion , but the birdhouse BB is not... just requests a photo showing completion. Can we change the wording on one of them? Or is there a logical reason to require one mounted and the other not, since the projects are essentially the same idea but for different species?
 
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My unbinding position is that a bird house is usually built to withstand the elements so you can mount it anywhere (as long as it's right-side-up).  A mason bee house could be built to go out on a wall without rain protection or it could need to be under an eave.  For instance if paper tubes are used, I believe they need to stay dry.  So your house has a good overhanging roof and could be mounted anywhere.  Mine (coffee can above) has tubes that go all the way to the opening of the can.  If I didn't mount it in a protected place, it wouldn't function.  

I'll edit the requirements to reflect this for now.
 
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This is my in-progress construction picture of my solitary bee habitat. I observed solitary bees trying to enter the holes similar to the size of the screws we used on Allerton Abbey's facade, so I made the holes in my solitary bee habitat about that size (which is about the size of a pencil). I also made some holes smaller and some bigger to provide diversity of habitat.



This is my completed solitary bee habitat that I made to withstand being outside without additional protection.



This is my completed solitary bee habitat hanging on a tree by the hugelkultur that I built.

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Built a mason bee house last winter. Put it in my 3 sided potting shed. It filled up with mason bees!

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Mounted in my potting shed, full of mason bees!
Mounted in my potting shed, full of mason bees!
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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