Bees buzz around a hive atop the roof of the Coast Bastion Hotel. (Image courtesy Ken McPhee)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Honeybees are welcome in this city

We humans must be considerate of the bees’ personal needs, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: New guests touch down at hotel, April 5.

A kindly environmental consideration by the hotel, even if the manager was quoted as being terrified.

Your readership, and hotel guests, may be interested to know it is not as unusual as it appears. Bee hives were kept years ago in a similar fashion atop an apartment building in Vancouver by a well-known late beekeeper, James Medill, which produced sufficient crops of honey scavenged from balconies and wild plants, alleyways, and small backyards.

However, we homo sapiens must be considerate of the bees’ personal needs after being confined over winter. Bees are industrious creatures and left alone are quite harmonious to be in close proximity with humankind. If one should alight close by, talk to it, don’t flail or panic. Politely, move away. No harm will come to either.

Without bees of various varieties to pollinate most flowers, vegetables, and fruit, let alone the joy honey brings to (we) who steal it, human species are doomed to misery and extinction. Not a happy thought to contemplate, but true.

Alan Miller, Nanaimo

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