Library buzzes for Vermont Bee Lab visit on June 23 — Waterbury Roundabout

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What is the buzz about? Why is there a hive of bees outside the library? What is the bee test? And why are bees in danger?

On Thursday, June 23, Sydney Miller, a Lab/Field Technician at the University of Vermont Bee Lab, will be at the Waterbury Public Library to talk about honey bees, beekeeping in Vermont, and what they do exactly in the laboratory. Find out what is driving the global decline of wild and managed pollinators.

The hive outside the library was once used by a Vermont beekeeper to house a colony of honey bees. Now it is used as a “drop box” for bee samples. UVM’s Vermont Bee Lab offers free testing to beekeepers to help keep their bees healthy and learn what parasites their bees may be carrying.

Did you know that bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food you eat? This is done by pollination. There are over 20,000 species of bees on the planet and over 300 have been recorded in Vermont.

Bees are threatened by many threats, including climate change, habitat loss, pests, diseases, and insecticides, but there are also many things you can do to help bees.

A bee garden is simply a garden full of pollen- and nectar-rich plants. Hollow-stemmed plants such as raspberry and sumac provide nesting sites for native bees. Trees also provide nectar for bees and dead trees provide nesting habitats. A birdbath or a simple bowl of water with pebbles allows the bees to drink. Save your weeds and you’ll also provide an excellent food source for the bees.

The presentation is for all ages and starts at 6:30 p.m.

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