California's Claremont Hotel Installs Wild Bee Hotel
Photo courtesy of The Claremont Hotel & Spa.
The iconic Claremont Hotel in Oakland, California is ready to welcome wild bees with no reservation necessary.
Berkeleyside.com reported the Fairmont Hotel & Resorts property has installed a bee hotel in partnership with not-for-profit organization Pollinator Partnership, where wild bees can come to nest and reproduce rather than simply produce honey.
"Bees pollinate 80 percent of the food we eat and wild bees are three to four times more effective at pollinating plants compared to other bees," Fairmont spokeswoman Kaitlynn Furse told Berkeleyside.com.
"When the opportunity to install a bee hotel arose, the hotel was in the process of curating a pollinator garden in the back of their Kids' Club," she added. "They saw this as an opportunity to drive the garden's development and increase public awareness on the importance of developing and maintaining pollinator habitats."
The bee hotel is comprised of several log stacks that sit on shelves within a wooden structure under a roof. Holes drilled into the logs serve as "rooms" for the bees where they can nest and grow the population.
Guests can spot the new bee hotel below the Claremont Hotel's carriage entrance.
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Although the sight of bees is sure to unsettle some guests, Pollinator Partnership executive director Laurie Adams pointed out that it should have the opposite effect.
"Often we hear people complain that they are afraid when they see a bee in the garden, but the reality is that not seeing a bee in a garden is a much scarier proposition," Adams said in a statement. "Bee visits are critical to most flowering plants, and vital to healthy ecosystems and agriculture."
The new bee hotel at the Claremont is one of 10 that Fairmont has installed at its properties.
No two bee hotels are the same, though, and standout projects include a wine barrel bee hotel at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and one that features the Washington Monument at the Fairmont in DC.
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