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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

National honeybee expert presents this Saturday at Powdermill

Dr. Tom Seeley, the author of Honeybee Democracy*, will give a presentation at Powdermill Nature Reserve on Saturday August 9 at 7:00 p.m. on Honey bees in the wild.
The honey bee, Apis mellifera L., is native to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Until around AD 1600, the species lived only in these regions, but since then humans have introduced honey bees to the Americas, Australia, east Asia and many of the Pacific islands.  Across this vast range, honey bees live both as wild colonies inhabiting natural nest sites and as managed colonies occupying beekeepers' hives.  In this talk we will look at how honey bees of the European races live as wild colonies, and what this tells us about the practices of modern beekeeping.
(Dr. Seeley is Professor  and Chairman in the  Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. He is visiting Powdermill Nature Reserve to participate in the Feral Bee Project.)
*"Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees."