Syd Cannings, the buzz on bumblebees

On April 26, Syd Cannings of the Yukon made his way to Metchosin to tell us about bumblebees, one of his specialties.

The event began with a walk. At 2:00 pm a large group met at Tower Point. Syd helped us to identify some of our local bumblebees.

A yellow-faced bumblebee (Bombus vosnesenskii, dead) that someone brought along for Syd to look at.

The view from the area of Tower Point where we looked at local bumblebees.

At 7:00 pm Syd gave an amazing talk on bumblebees to an attentive audience.

A verse reflection on Syd’s visit by one of the attendees:


There are strange things done ‘neath the midnight sun

By the men who search for bees

The bumblebees in the northern breeze

Bring an entomologist to his knees


The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,

but the queerest they ever did see

Was that night in Metchosin, for all of those in

Council Chambers, for Syd’s talk, brilliantly.