Celeste Vickery and Eliza MacLeod hosting a Bee Club fundraiser in front of the Pharmasave on Oak Bay Avenue in November. The goal is to introduce more bees and native pollinating plants to the section of Bowker Creek behind the school. (Oak Bay Bee Club Photo)

Bee Club hopes to create a buzz on Bowker

New club part of Oak Bay High’s ongoing efforts along Bowker Creek

As Grade 9 students, Eliza MacLeod and Celeste Vickery wanted to talk about something meaningful for the Oak Bay High “speak out.”

“We wanted to do something environmental, we looked up bees, and found out what a dire situation it is for the bees,” Vickery said.

Two years later the tandem started a Bee Club that, at least on club sign-up day, was the talk of the school.

“We had a lot of signatures – 64 – though the most we get at meetings is around 10 or 12,” MacLeod said. “It might have been the honey-nut Cheerios we were giving out.”

READ MORE: Oak Bay High students take over Bowker restoration

READ MORE: Oak Bay students abuzz for new bee garden

All jokes aside, the club is on the right track to complement the ongoing streamside rehabilitation of native plants that hundreds of Oak Bay High students have contributed to since the new school was constructed in 2015.

The club has fundraised $500 through a bake sale on Oak Bay Avenue and a very successful screening of Jerry Seinfeld’s animated Bee Movie.

“The environmental club has done so much to pull out invasive plants and replace them with native plants,” Vickery said. “We plan to collect logs and use the school’s resources [such as the woodshop] to drill holes in the logs for [mason] bees.”

The club is also focused on purchasing some more flowering plants for the Bowker Creek area, Vickery added.

READ ALSO: Prize-winning urban bee honey farm generating a buzz

“It won’t be until spring that we get the logs in for the bees,” MacLeod said. “We hope to have another fundraiser before then.”

Last year Oak Bay High officially took on the stewardship role of the creek, in partnership with the school district

The riparian area beside the creek – and behind Oak Bay High – has had invasive blackberries and other overgrown invasives removed and is now home to a rich variety of native plants.

Eventually, adding beehives to the school district property could be explored but cutting the red-tape and fundraising for the purchases (or hive rentals) is still a project for down the road for the fledgeling club.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Thief nabs $600 worth of tools in break-and-enter at Saanich hardware store

Police department sees a spike in break-and-enters

Victoria police seek public help finding high-risk missing woman last seen on ferry

Mariah Konchak has shoulder-length dark hair, scars above her right eye and may be missing a tooth

Island Health to use Saanich recreation centre to support pandemic needs

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre will be used as a referral-only assessment clinic

Greater Victoria resident sick with COVID-19 calls it a ‘horrible disease’

Tim Boat says he has ‘extreme coughing fits every hour’ to clear his lungs

Tents, sleeping bags donated to Our Place from local Victoria store

Robinson’s Outdoor Store received funds from PwC Canada to make the donation

B.C. records five new COVID-19 deaths, ‘zero chance’ life will return to normal in April

Province continue to have a recovery rate of about 50 per cent

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

John Horgan extends B.C.’s state of emergency for COVID-19

Premier urges everyone to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice

B.C.’s first community COVID-19 death was dentist ‘dedicated’ to health: lawyer

Vincent was 64 when he died on March 22 after attending the Pacific Dental Conference

Two inmates at prison housing Robert Pickton test positive for COVID-19

Correctional Service of Canada did not release any details on the identities of the inmates

BC SPCA launches matching campaign to help vulnerable animals after big donations

Two BC SPCA donors have offered up to $65,000 in matching donations

Quarantined B.C. mom say pandemic has put special-needs families in ‘crisis mode’

Surrey’s Christine Williams shares family’s challenges, strengths

Anti-tax group calls for MPs, senators to donate scheduled pay raises to charity

Bill C-30, adopted 15 years ago, mandates the salary and allowance increases each calendar year

Liberals delay release of 75% wage subsidy details, costs: Morneau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Most Read