Every third bite we eat is due to pollination, but honey bees, native bees and butterflies are disappearing. Changing landscapes, modern agriculture with its heavy reliance on pesticides, climate change and globalization all play a role in pollinator decline. Learn what steps we can take to ensure our food security and help pollinators thrive in today’s challenging environment. Kirsten & Micheal Traynor present research and share experience as beekeepers in this lively program. Donations accepted.
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Kirsten Traynor: A fascination with honey bees led this English major to the lab bench. Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University, known for its social insect research program. Her research focused on honey bee communication, investigating how pheromones influence foraging behavior, physiology and gene expression. She currently works at the University of Maryland conducting research on the effects of pesticides on honey bee health and how to improve colony nutrition. She is also the editor of Bee World magazine and a resident of Middletown, MD. Co-founder of mdbee.com.
Michael Traynor: Michael is a commercial and fine art photographer. His incredible macro images of bees and flowers bring the world of beekeeping to life. Together with his wife Kirsten, they travelled over 50,000 miles by car through Western Europe, documenting the life of bee breeders, beekeepers and bee scientists. He is a resident of Middletown, MD. Co-founder of mdbee.com.