Evan Lanzendorf displays his Eagle Scout Project at the Sudbury Garden Club’s Plant Sale on May 11.
When asked why he chose a project about bees, Evan says, “I have a beehive at home and I have gained an appreciation for the role that honey bees and other native bees play in the environment and in our food system. I thought that it was a great opportunity to turn a passion into an Eagle Scout project. My project aims to educate the public about which bees can be found in our community and why they are so important to the ecosystem.”
Evan handed out 48 bee houses on Saturday morning. He adds, “Most people asked what kind of bees will use the houses and where they should be set up. The bee houses can be hung on a fence, in a tree, or on the side of a building. My poster board shows photos of carpenter bees, which are solitary bees that usually nest in broken twigs and plants. The bee houses were designed to simulate that habitat.” Several scouts assisted Evan in constructing and handing out the bee houses. They also distributed information on how people can help through their choice of plants, many of which were available at the Plant Sale, and by protecting bee habitat.
Why did Evan choose to work with the Sudbury Garden Club? He explains, “I thought that my project was aligned with the Club’s goal to promote a greater interest in gardening, protecting birds, native plants and other natural resources.” Evan sums it up, “I am excited to help the SGC advance its goals and to inform the citizens of Sudbury how they can help preserve an important natural resource.”