Last summer, we did a bit of writing on bees and the benefits they provide to us. In May 2015, for instance, we did an article on an exhibition the Royal Saskatchewan Museum put together examining the evolution of pollination and how the co-reliant relationship that flowering plants (angiosperms) and pollinators (mostly insects) developed led to a boon in both types of plant and animal life.
The month before that, we did an article on urban beekeeping in advance of a presentation that a local beekeeper was giving at Central Library.
For a variety of reasons tied to habitat loss, pesticide use, mites and other diseases, bee populations throughout North America are experiencing stress these days. On Monday March 7 at 7 p.m. York University biology professor Laurence Packer will be giving a talk at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on work he’s done studying bees in the field. Packer is regarded as one of the world’s foremost bee experts, so if you’re into bees, it should be an interesting talk. Admission is free.