Winter is a tough season when you live outside. Most animals have ways of adapting to the cold climate. Some grow an extra layer of fat and fur. Some hibernate.
But in oder to do any of those things, they need both food and shelter, and both of those things can be hard to come by thanks to the bitter cold, snow, lack of living vegetation, and, of course, over-development and habitat depletion.
And this isn’t just mammals we’re talking about. This extends to insects.
While many types of bugs only live for a season, plenty of others live through the winter, and have to survive it. Wintering insects include bees, whose populations are threatened, which in turn threatens literally all the food we eat. So if you like food, you need bees!
But if the thought of the little critters being cold and hungry makes you sad, you can help! All by building a hotel right in your backyard.
You can build your bee and bug hotel in any shape you like — they don’t need it to be super fancy. They just need a place to snuggle up and keep from freezing.
Check out how they each made their bug houses below for inspiration, and then try your hand at it. It’s a great activity to share with the family, and as a bonus, it gets kids interested in nature. Everybody wins!