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Vancouver buzzing about new insect hotel

08/08/2013 02:36 EDT | Updated 10/08/2013 05:12 EDT
As bees throughout Vancouver disappear, negatively affecting the ecosystem, an environmental group in partnership with the city is building habitats in which bees can thrive.

As The Early Edition's Margaret Gallagher found out a decommissioned telephone booth has been converted into an insect hotel in Oak Meadows Park as part of a network of bee-friendly paths.

Bees are disappearing from the city, as development has made it harder for them to interact with each other and to find food. The insect hotel is part of a trail of green spaces to encourage more travel and pollination.

Hartley Rosen, executive director of the Environmental Youth Alliance, checks out one of the 12 cedar boxes at the insect hotel. The boxes are filled with various materials, like maple logs, known to attract bees.

The insect hotel at Oak Meadows Park is part of a 1,500-square-foot pollinator garden on West 37th Avenue between Oak and Willow streets.

With files from The Early Edition's Margaret Gallagher. You can follow her on Twitter @GallaghMargaret.

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