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Lessons from the Hive: Following the Wild Bees

Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,

4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110  + Google Map

Hear from one of the world’s most renowned honey bee behavioralists, Dr. Thomas Seeley, recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Prize for his work in the field of Biology.

“Dr. Seeley is an engaging guide. His enthusiasm and admiration for honeybees is infectious. His accumulated research seems truly masterly, doing for bees what E.O. Wilson did for ants,” says former New York Times editor, Katherine Bouton.

— a BeeSpeakSTL Seminar and Book Signing

Cost: $22 in advance, $28 at the door (does not include lunch). OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reserve your seat now! Tickets at BeeSpeakSTL.com, or call 314-471-5122. Parking is free in the Missouri Botanical Garden Lots.

Featured Speaker: Thomas Dyer Seeley, Ph.D., Horace White Professor in Biology, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University; and author, Honeybee Democracy and the forthcoming, Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting (April, 2016)

11:00 am – 12:15 pm The Bee Colony as a Honey Factory
How do honey bee colonies operate to produce honey efficiently despite tremendous day-to-day swings in the supply of nectar, the raw material for making honey? Dr. Thomas Seeley shares his insights on the democratic division of labor within the hive that makes this possible.
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Break (Lunch not included in program fee.)
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm The Genetics of New York’s European Honey Bee Survivor Populations
In this fascinating look at survivor populations of honey bees living in the wilds of New York State, Dr. Seeley shares new information on what the genetics of these bees reveals about how a population of wild bees adapted to a mite that devastated bee colonies worldwide.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hive Thirst: or How a Honey Bee Colony Regulates Its Water Collection     
Water collection is essential for thermoregulation of a colony’s broodnest and nutrition of the hive’s immature bees, two important components of a colony’s health. Learn how a honey bee colony quenches its thirst in this in-depth look at regulating water collection.

Honeybee DemocracyCopies of Honeybee Democracy available for purchase and signing by the author following the 2:00 p.m. presentation, or order your signed copy from Isabees.

Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity’s greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organization. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical prose.”

–Edward O. Wilson, coauthor of The Superorganism

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Saturday, February 27, 2016
11:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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