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:
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 www.buffalogardens.com or call 716.827.1584 ext. 291.