One-third of the nation's food and much of its clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
The world's bee population is being seriously threatened by the sometimes unexplained disappearance of millions of bees. Those who want to do something about the situation can become a beekeeper. Those interested in beekeeping can participate in the Audubon Center and Sanctuary's Beekeeping Basics Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 18.
From 10 a.m. to noon, participants will get an overview of the basics of beekeeping from beekeepers Dennis and Laura Lamonica. They will describe the equipment needed to start a beekeeping operation as well as present information about honeybees and the care they require.
On Saturday, Jan. 18, area residents can get an overview of the basics of beekeeping at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary and decide if they want to take classes to learn more.
The Lamonicas have been beekeeping for several years. They and their hives have braved bears, weather and disease. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.
Bees need to be ordered in January, so now is the time to find out what is needed to start. The program will lead into a beekeeping series planned by the Cornell Cooperative Extension this spring that will walk beekeepers through their first year of beekeeping.
The workshop costs $16, or $12 for Friends of the Nature Center.
With a limited class size, reservations are required by Monday, Jan. 13, by calling 569-2345, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking on the link under Program Listing at jamestownaudubon.org.
Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, the Holmberg Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation, and the Johnson Foundation.
Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has more than five miles of maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building houses the Blue Heron Gift Shop and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle.
For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.