Free Public Film Screening of Vanishing of the Bees on November 2 at Daemen

“Vanishing of the Bees” Chronicles the Mysterious Disappearance of Honeybees Across the Planet.

October 25, 2011



Information:     Dr. Brenda L. Young

                       Professor of Biology

                       Daemen College




A free public film screening of “Vanishing of the Bees” will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 7pm in Wick Center on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. “Vanishing of the Bees” is being co-sponsored by Daemen College; The Learning Sustainability Campaign; and the New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.  This event is free and open to the public. A panel discussion follows the film.


“Vanishing of the Bees” chronicles the mysterious disappearance of honeybees across the planet. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing hundred of fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. 


The film follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The story explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.   As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss; conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to the mystery.


Panelists for the post-film discussion include Jay Burney, naturalist, writer, media and pollinator conservation activist, founder of the Learning Sustainability Campaign, and Chair of Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve; Judy Einach, Executive Director of the New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group; and Kevin Kegler, Professor of Graphic Design, Daemen

College and amateur beekeeper.


The free film and discussion will take place at 7pm in Alumni Lounge, in Wick Student Center on the Daemen College campus, 4380 Main St., in Amherst.  For more information, contact Dr. Brenda L. Young at  or (716) 839-8366.


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