BEES IN CRISIS PANEL DISCUSSION
Since 2006 the die-off of bee colonies has accelerated unabated, reaching an 80% mortality rate in Massachusetts last winter. Other pollinators such as bumble bees have suffered equally dramatic declines. Pollinators are an essential component in our food supply and local environment and without them both would change beyond recognition.
In the face of this crisis, the Lincoln Ag Commission and The Lincoln Garden Club are organizing a Bee Symposium at Bemis Hall on
April 8th 2015, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. This is an opportunity for all to learn about honey bees and local pollinators and how to help them. Many challenges are facing this keystone species, from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and pesticides, to habitat loss and queen failure.
The panelists will include bee-researcher Dr Noah Wilson-Rich, author of “The Bee: A Natural History” and founder of Best Bees in Boston; Susan Madaus, a Lincoln resident taking an innovative approach to restoring pollinator habitat; and Lincoln beekeeper, Charlotte Trim.