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in conversation with Josh Shea, Manager
of Urban Forestry & Natural Area Management at City of Kitchener
storytelling, scientist biopics, bumble bee science, and understanding human
impacts on the environment.” – Dr. Amy Toth, Associate Professor, Iowa State
Dive deep into the world of this everyday insect -- and the science behind its uncertain future.
bees are as familiar to most of us as the flowers these fuzzy insects
feed upon. But did you know that the bees in your garden could be
escapees from a local greenhouse, or descended from stowaways on a
Bumble bees are a vital part of our lives and
Earth's ecosystems, so much so that we've commercialized their breeding
and shipped them across states, countries, and ecosystems for our
benefit. However, all of that human interference has consequences.
Bumble bees are pushing out native species and altering ecosystems
worldwide. Pesticide use has led to the spread of disease in local
colonies. And some species may be disappearing entirely.
is an expertly researched overview of bumble bees -- from hive
hierarchies to how their brains work -- and the passionate humans and
scientists who are fighting for their survival. With a thoughtful and
accessible voice, researcher Dana Church introduces readers to the
fascinating world of bumble bees, how and why some are thriving while
others are floundering, and how both experts and regular citizens are
working to ensure their future. Equal parts endearing, frustrating, and
hopeful, this scientific narrative is essential for readers looking to
understand and make an impact on our changing world.
Dana L. Church
studied bumble bees for her PhD at the University of Ottawa, Canada. As a kid she loved making little books about science topics. The Beekeepers is her first published book. She lives in southern Ontario with her husband, two children, and their big, black, friendly dog. You can find out more about Dana and her writing at danachurchwriter.com
World Bee Day
seeks to raise awareness about the importance of bees. Bees are
important insects that help preserve balance within ecosystems. They
play an important role as they help pollinate flowers and agricultural
plants. According to worldbeeday.org, 1/3 of all food produced in the
world depends on pollination. Unfortunately, bee populations have been
decreasing due to climate change, pollution, and intensive agriculture.
This day aims to encourage new solutions to prevent bee populations from
World Bee Day was established in 2017 by the UN
General Assembly. It is observed annually on May 20th, the birthday of
Anton Janša, a pioneer in modern beekeeping.