December 07, 2013
What Will I Eat if All the Honeybees Die?
An interactive session led by Ms. Martha Kiene
A Branch Chief for the Topographic Engineering Center, US Army Engineer Development and Research Center, US Army Corps of Engineers.
The Outreach Coordinator for the Beekeeper's Association of Northern Virginia (BANV).
The honeybee is in increasingly serious trouble, and if research cannot find the answer to what is killing off nature's most effective pollinators, humans can kiss goodbye to 1/3 - 1/2 of the food they currently eat. Honeybees are solely responsible for pollinating many food crops, such as almonds, blueberries, apples, olives and tomatoes. Additionally, grasses such as clover, most flowers and shrubs such as roses and lilacs are dependent on the pollination of the honeybee. Annually, over $20 billion dollars of U.S. crops are dependent upon pollination for germination and reproduction. The honey bee population is suffering from a phenomena called Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. The cause or causes of CCD is still unknown, but effects approximately 40% of hives every year, causing the entire hive population to leave the hive. Continued current decreasing levels of commercial hives will lead to global food shortage.
Martha Kiene is a Branch Chief for the Topographic Engineering Center, US Army Engineer Development and Research Center, US Army Corps of Engineers. In her spare time, she is the Outreach Coordinator for the Beekeeper's Association of Northern Virginia (BANV). She has been a backyard beekeeper since 2008 and is an avid teacher and advocate for the honeybee. She has initiated research efforts with her colleagues to develop a short lived nano-satellite GPS tracker that can be secured to bees that will enable collection and analysis of CCD absconded honey bees.
December 2013 - Hands-On Exhibits
After the interactive session the students will be escorted by their parents to have lunch and then to the hands-on portion of the event. There the students will enjoy the experience of interacting with various exhibits.