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Honey Bee Festival @ Botanical Gardens

For the second year in a row, Buffalo will be celebrating honey bees in the form of a festival held at the Botanical Gardens. Like so many other creatures on this planet, honey bees are facing massive colony loss (colony collapse disorder) due to causes that stem from errant farming practices. Pesticides continue to decimate bee populations, and the only way the bees have a chance at recovery is to spread the word of their plight, while teaching people about the importance of the bees’ important role on the planet.

Last year BRO writer Sarah Maurer wrote about the first festival, which I have added below:

The Honey Bee Festival will run from 10am-3:30pm and will feature several opportunities to learn more about the important work of these little pollinators from the experts.
For the past several years, beekeepers across North America have noticed an increase in the annual die-off of honey bees, due to a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CDC). In these situations, the adult bees are abandoning the queen bees and insect larvae in the hives, making it impossible for them to sustain themselves. This problem could have more significant consequences than one might imagine, as honey bees are responsible for pollinating the crops that make up one third of our meal consumption. We need these little bees to gather nectar from flowers and carry pollens to the plants that provide us with fruits, seeds and nuts.

Honey Bee Festival – May 3, 2014 | 10am-3:30pm | Botanical Gardens
Garden Members, Master Gardeners and students $10, Non-Members $15

Check out all the offerings folks have available, from honey samples to beekeeping supplies.

10am – Vendor Fair

11am – Lecture – Dr. Reed Johnson | Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Entomology at the Ohio State University. He will speak on honeybees and pesticides-a topic of current interest and concern! A question and answer period follows the lecture.

12-12:30pm – Lunch – Grab some lunch and visit the vendors!

12:30 & 2pm – Film Screening: More than Honey or Guided Visit: the Gardens’ demonstration beehive

10am-12pm – Children’s honeybee activities in the Wegmans Family Garden

Go to or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.


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