Niagara Gazette

March 31, 2013

Beekeeper to give public presentation on her work

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Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — "Pollinating Insects" will be presented by local beekeeper Geri Hens from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Bond Lake Park.

Hens is an organic honey producer and the owner of Hens Honey Bee Farm.

Her program will highlight honeybees, bumblebees, native bees, hornets, wasps and yellowjackets.

For years, honeybees have been threatened with mysterious colony collapses worldwide, according to Hens. It's estimated that the United States has already lost one-third of its honeybees. The issue is that without plenty of insects to pollinate fruits and vegetables, agricultural production of these crops will decline.

Hens will examine whether certain gardening practices are contributing to the loss of pollinating insects and suggest simple changes in flower and vegetable gardens to encourage them.

The free program will be held at the Bond Lake Park Nature Center, 2353 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville. It's sponsored by the Bond Lake Park Environmental and Beautification Committee.

For more information, contact Hens at 439-0870.