“Nifty book on honeybees . . . helpful things you can do!” Margaret Atwood (via Twitter)
In this updated bestseller (with new science and data related to North America, the United Kingdom and Australia), Dr. Reese Halter continues with his passionate crusade to save the world’s most important group of flower-visiting animals: the honeybee. Responsible for pollinating over 110 different crop types throughout the world and accounting for a quarter-trillion dollars’ worth of commerce, the incredible efforts of the honeybees are vital to humanity in terms of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the medicines we use. And yet, all around the globe, billions of honeybees are dying from colony collapse disorder, the effects of global warming, introduced mites, bacteria, fungi, diseases and modern insecticides. Our civilization as we know it depends on the health and well-being of all 20,000 known species of bees, and each of us is required to lend a helping hand to ensure that the bees survive.
About the Author
Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation biologist, syndicated science writer, TV host and father. He is a sought-after public speaker and founder of the international conservation institute Global Forest Science, through which he regularly visits schools and encourages children worldwide to embrace conservation, science exploration and learning. Dr. Reese lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be contacted through www.DrReese.com.
Table of Contents
A Story of Reciprocation 1
In the Beeginning 7
Native Bees of North America 11
Bumble Bees 16
The Complex Society of Honeybees 23
Intricate Steps of Communication 36
The Gifts They Give Us 45
Bees and Food Production 65
Down a Path We Can't Sustain 76
How to help the Bees Recover 94
About the Author 105