Mentee Stories: Hayley Trachsel

Hayley Trachsel and her mentor, Oliver Lane.   Photo: Ivan Belko

Hayley Trachsel and her mentor, Oliver Lane.  
Photo: Ivan Belko

Hayley is not afraid of bees. “Without bees, we wouldn’t be able to access the fresh produce that we are so accustomed to seeing in our supermarkets in BC,” she shares.

As an Environmental Studies student from Langara, Hayley understands that “pollinators play a very important role in many of our ecosystems.” As a mentee from the Climate Guides 2018 cohort, Hayley is tackling the issue that “pollinator loss in BC is becoming more prevalent as more pollinator habitat is lost through habitat fragmentation and urban development.”

To counter this, Hayley is building hotels. Pollinator hotels. As a Climate Guides mentee, Hayley will convert a community garden into a more pollinator-friendly habitat for species like bees, butterflies, songbirds, and bats. She has been building a 3 ft by 4.5 ft hotel dubbed "AirBee-n-Bee" to host Vancouver’s pollinator species and conserve urban biodiversity. By increasing habitat for pollinators, Hayley is helping support local food production and increasing climate change resilience.

Hayley and her AirBee-n-Bee

Hayley and her AirBee-n-Bee

To accomplish this, Hayley has teamed up with her Climate Guides mentor, Oliver Lane the Executive Director of SPEC, a well-loved local environmental non-profit. “Oliver has been incredibly helpful in providing knowledge about project planning, designing project objectives, and providing connections,” she says. “Connecting those new in the field to professionals provides a path for us to get our ideas out there in a way that lasts into the future.”

Hayley and her mentor, Oliver. Photo: Ivan Belko

Hayley and her mentor, Oliver.
Photo: Ivan Belko

Biodiversity isn’t the only way Hayley is engaging with climate action. She makes it a habit to attend local environmental talks in Vancouver (“most of the time, they’re free to register!”). Hayley will also be attending SFU in the fall to study Resource and Environmental Management. A believer in the power of youth, Hayley states that “young people are the next generation in line to take on important tasks such as environmental protection, resource management, and environmental legislation.”

Speaking of the next generation, Hayley is a fan of the decades. “People might be surprised to learn that I wish I could experience growing up during the 70s and 80s. Mood rings, David Bowie, and kitchen appliances in crazy colours – yes please!”  Luckily, Hayley is in this decade, bringing her passion and enthusiasm to the Climate Guides cohort.

To learn more about pollinators and their habitats, join Hayley at Riley Park Community garden this Saturday for their family-friendly Garden Day event and attend her pollinator hotel “Airbee-n-bee” workshop at 1:30pm to 3pm. Even the MP Jody Raybould for the Granville Disrict will be in attendance!

Here is an overview of the schedule for the day:

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm: garden planting "work party" and scavenger hunt for the kids 
  • 12:30-2:00 pm: “Honey Brunch Potluck” with MP Jody Raybould 
  • 1:00-1:30pm: Honey Tasting with the Honey Shoppe on Main
  • 1:30-3:00pm: Building a Pollinator Hotel with Climate Guides
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Departure
Caroline Merner