The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Environmental Professionals (MAREP) is to provide opportunity for professional development and environmental awareness for environmental professionals, organizations and the community of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
MAREP will strive to meet its mission through meetings, educational programs events, mentoring, and community involvement. MAREP also aligns itself with the goals and code of ethics for environmental professionals as provided by its parent organization, the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP).
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|MAREP Networking Happy Hour and More!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:00 to 8:30 PM
Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, Maryland
Colony Collapse Disorder: What Happened to the Bees?
USDA Beltsville, Bee Research Laboratory
Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals
Bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion in increased crop value each year. About one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination. Colony losses from CCD are a very serious problem for beekeepers. Annual losses from the winter of 2006-2011 averaged about 33 percent each year, with a third of these losses attributed to CCD by beekeepers. If losses continue at the 33 percent level, it could threaten the economic viability of the bee pollination industry. We’ll learn about the bee losses experienced in the US and worldwide in the winter/spring of 2007, the investigation into what caused those losses, and where we stand on bee colony health currently.
About the Speaker
Mr. Nathan Rice is a biological science technician working with Dr. Jeff Pettis at the USDA Beltsville Bee Research Lab. He has B.S. from Northland College in Ashland, WI, and an MSc in Entomology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. An experienced bee keeper, he worked for Mossop’s Honey Farms in Tauranga, New Zealand prior to coming to Beltsville. Mr. Rice has been at the Beltsville Bee Research Lab for 10 years.
Cost includes dinner, soft drinks, wine and beer.
Contact Jack Mulrooney at email@example.com or 301-908-8816 for more information.
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