The State of the Bees: Event Background

March 26, 2014
Nina Hale, Inc. is cohosting the free “The State of the Bees” event Wednesday April 16 at 5 pm at the Walker Art Center. Learn why bees are crucial and how you can help.

Nina Hale, Inc. is cohosting a free, educational talk on “The State of the Bees” with Dr. Marla Spivak, the Walker Art Center, Pearson’s Candy Company, Aveda, UMN Bee Lab Supporter Jennifer Martin, and Pollen at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

These seemingly diverse companies have come together for one important reason: bees. Since 2006, North American migratory beekeepers have seen a 30% to 90% loss each year in their colonies. With one in three mouthfuls of our diet impacted by bee pollination, this is alarming news. If we don’t act soon, agriculture as we know it could be in danger.

As a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, TED Talks participant, and distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Marla Spivak is uniquely qualified to lead this discussion. After her talk, you will leave with a better understanding of how bees operate, why bees are critically important, some of the serious threats bees face, and most importantly how we as concerned citizens can help the bees.


The Walker Art Center has generously offered to host the event in their gorgeous cinema. Come to learn about bees, stay for Bit O’Honey from Pearson’s Candy Company; seed packets of bee-friendly flowers from Aveda, Nina Hale, Inc., and Jennifer Martin; and more local bee information from Pollen.

The Star Tribune recently covered the plight of the bees, including a story on how some local garden centers are banning a pesticide thought to harm bees.

Sign up for this free event — it’s going to BEE amazing. We hope to see you there!

Other links:

Read about helping bees in Minnesota.

Read about keeping bees in Minneapolis.

Read about keeping bees in St. Paul.

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