On Wednesday July 11, 2012 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown library, there will be a 90-minute screening of the documentary, Vanishing of the Bees, followed by a Q&A with local beekeeper, Richard Mendel.
Mendel works with the volunteer group called the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (Facebook page).
From the library’s website:
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet – vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis. The 90-minute 2009 documentary follows two commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean on the quest to protect their honeybees. Local beekeeper Richard Mendel, Vice President of the Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association, will lead the post-film discussion.
You can listen to and/or download a short, 20- minute audio interview with Richard Mendel about the science of beekeeping, and bee colony collapse disorder here.