NCSU CALS Sustainability Office Pollinator event educates community about pollinator health

The CALS Office of Sustainability Programs held a Pollinator Health Meet & Greet on Friday, June 21st at E.S. King Village to help raise awareness about pollinator health issues.  Attendees also had the opportunity to see a live demonstration hive and see the workings of a honeybee hive, identify the queen, drones and workers, and talk to Dr. David Tarpy, Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist from NC State and graduate students from the NC State Apiculture Program. This was part of a national effort that many other states participated in during National Pollinator Week (www.pollinator.org), an annual awareness campaign to educate our community about honeybees, beekeeping, and the importance of bee pollinators.  The event was attended by residents of E.S. King Village, industry partners and faculty and staff from the College of Ag & Life Sciences, among others.

The College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Office of Sustainability Programs has partnered with Dr. Tarpy’s program to establish live and demonstration beehives around NC State’s campus. They will be used for research, education and outreach to raise awareness about honeybee health.

CALS is taking significant steps in the research and academic community to educate our community about shrinking green space, increasing food production and enhancing food safety. As part of this mission, we are dedicated to research in bee-health, colony collapse disorder, and other challenges facing bee pollinators. We hope that through education and outreach events, we are able to raise public awareness and open a dialogue about pollinator conservation.

Thanks to E.S. King Village Council for co-sponsoring this event, and to Burt’s Bees and Bayer CropScience for partnering with CALS Office of Sustainability Program on the Pollinator Health Initiative. Also, special thanks to Dr. Tarpy and his students and staff for the demonstration “cage” and “build a bee keeper” stations.

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