Colony Collapse Discussion and Mead Tasting

Burke museumWhere: Burke Museum – Burke Room

When: Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Admission: $5.00; FREE for Burke members and members of SCARABS.


Join SCARABS for a unique look at bees; the gifts they give and the challenges they face. Taste delicious mead brewed by Sky River Brewing and hear the latest on colony collapse—a disorder taking a huge bite out of our nation’s commercial bee populations.

Honeybees are crucial to agriculture. Many factors have been blamed for colony collapse, including mites, pesticides, and starvation due to disappearance of natural nectar and pollen sources. But what’s the very latest? We’ll hear from Timothy Lawrence, county director of Island County Cooperative Extension. He is an ecologist, entomologist, and has 25 years of experience as a professional beekeeper. He is currently doing intensive research on Colony Collapse Disorder and has traveled widely lecturing on the subject.