Podcast: What’s small, fuzzy, with black and yellow stripes – and stinky feet??


Bzzz! Earth Rangers! To Bee or not to Bee? That is the question for today’s episode. When Emma finds a royal visitor slumbering in a flower pot on her balcony, she decides to find out more about our favourite pollinating friends.

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Here is an active bumblebee during the summer (left), but during the winter bumblebees hibernate (right). Emma will tell you why bees are so important and what to do if you find hibernating bumblebees in your back yard.

Hibernating bumblebee image courtesy of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Then Emma talks to Kylie McGregor from Nature Conservancy Canada, who helps protect the open spaces in Saskatchewan that bumblebees really need for their habitat.

Kylie from Nature Conservancy Canada planting shrubs to restore habitats

It’s chemistry time again! Emma talks to real-life environmental chemist Professor Hind Al-Abadleh from Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, about how we use chemistry in order to reduce air pollution and help fighting climate change.

Professor Hind from Wilfrid Laurier University working with students in a chemical laboratory

Have you ever found a hibernating bumblebee? What do you think about environmental chemistry?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. I am curious about bumble bees and how they live and what they do for our environment! But please keep it away from me, I am allergic to bumble bees.