No bees, no food! That's what the Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) stresses as they research and inform people of declining global bee populations. Focused on saving and restoring bees and the food supply chain, PSM hosts BeeSWeek 2013, Monday-Sunday, June 3-9, to educate and inspire action.
Founder of PSM, Alisha M. Forrester Scott said, "At the maxim of the planet's ecosystem, the bees hold the keystone position in the food supply chain for humans and animals."
Bruce Milne, professor of biology and director of the UNM Sustainability Studies Program, said, "We are seeing a shift toward bee-centered landscape management. There was a call to upgrade the UNM North Golf Course landscaping with fruit trees that will also be a resource for bees and other beneficial insects. I see this trend growing to multiple pesticide-free neighborhoods because bees fly miles away from the hive, so in reality the entire city is a bee habitat and could become a lot more bee-friendly."
The week long event begins with Scientific and Community Panel Forums on the UNM campus at the Science and Math Learning Center auditorium. Milne joins the discussion Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.
BeeSWeek 2013 coincides with the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience, which screens "Vanishing of the Bees", a documentary about colony collapse disorder at the Lobo Theatre on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m., and the animated film, "Bee Movie" at the KiMo Theatre on June 5 at noon.
For a detailed schedule of events, visit BeeSWeek
Story by Ethan Rule