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BEE Project kickoff is April 2

A kickoff meeting for the BEE project will be held Saturday, April 2, at YCMA Camp St. Croix, starting at 10 a.m.

The BEE Project is an initiative to improve habitat for honeybees and beautify the Hudson area by planting wildflowers.

Danielle Vogler came up with the idea and was the winner of a Hudson Community Foundation competition on ways to make the community a better place to live, work and play.

Vogler, Gustavus Adolphus College grad and current student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Ariz., was awarded up to $20,000 to carry out the project. Her parents are Deborah and Patrick Vogler of the town of Hudson.

Participants in the project will receive bee bombs -- clay balls filled with wildflower seeds -- to plant on their property or other property that the owners have volunteered for the project.

The bee bombs are made by Plantables, a Hudson business that employs people with disabilities.

Project participants will receive their BEE Project kits at the April 2 meeting.

Ana Heck of the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad will give a talk, and Plantables and local bee enthusiasts will have informational displays.

The public is welcome to attend. Camp St. Croix is located on County F just south of the Hudson city limits.

“I consider Hudson to be forward-thinking and a town that has the capabilities to build positive relationships, projects and efforts to maintain our environment and strong community bonds,” Vogler said in a news release.

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home,” she added.