An insect hotel doesn’t exactly sound like the kind of project that would inspire a corporate volunteer group. Lo and behold, this past June, volunteers from RBC’s Southwestern Ontario regional office in Burlington were more than up to the task when they visited the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.
“When the Foundation told us how we could help, we were there,” said Jeff Gillingham, Regional Operating Officer at RBC. “Somebody’s got to find a spot for the pollinators!”
Regional Office employees worked through the rain and mud to construct a pollinator habitat structure, known colloquially as an insect hotel, just west of the Bruce Duncan Wildlife Teaching Garden. The structure provides nooks and crannies for butterflies, bees, flies and other insects to shelter when they’re not out pollinating the nearby flowers.
“None of us had heard of an insect hotel so we were a bit unsure when we started,” said Gillingham “but once we got the ecological significance of the project, we couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty!”
RBC generously capped off their Day of Service with a $1,000 donation to the Hamilton Conservation Foundation’s Outdoor Environmental Education fund, which helps get students out into nature in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.