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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 bee/insect watering station.



Here are some articles on making bee and insect watering stations:
 - DIY Bee Watering Station
 - How to Make a Bee Watering Station
 - Bee and Butterfly Waterer

Here are some nice videos on making bee and insect watering stations.









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must make a bee/insect watering station

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of the materials for the watering station
 - post a picture of the watering station under construction
 - post a picture of the completed bee/insect watering station with water
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These are the materials I used to make my bee/insect watering station: a round piece of dimensional lumber and some twigs. I wanted to keep this as simple and natural as possible, so I stuck with keeping it very simple.



I used a chainsaw to carve out the basin portion of my bee/insect watering station.



These are a couple of pictures that show my bee/insect watering station does indeed hold water, in a manner that bees and insects won't drown when they come to drink water.



Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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Just for future reference, designs like the one I just did here might need a little more fiddling with them and love and care. I left my bee watering station full of water overnight, and it appears to no longer hold water, probably because the water expanded when it froze and cracked it.
 
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Made an insect watering station today with my son to pair with the Mason bee house we put up. We followed the example in Paul's video with Jacqueline.

We used a "birdbath" that's here at the rental house (birds don't seem to care much for it), and placed in it rocks (mostly quartz and a bit of sandstone, the sandstone wicks water up), shells to collect teensy pools of water, some bark and some twigs.
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Materials collected
Materials collected
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Under construction
Under construction
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Final
Final
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I used an earth ware bowl - antique Chinese ceramics - probably should have used something less valuable but hey, insects are thirsty!



I was feeling artsy. I used glass beads, stones, bark, broken ceramics, sticks, moss, and lichen. I placed it next to my new bee garden.





I had a bucket or water sitting for the last few days in my greenhouse so that was ideal. I don't think my water is regularly chlorinated, but just in case!



Final product!

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I certify this BB complete!

 
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