What’s up with bees in CT? Learn about their behavior and threats to them

State beekeeper Mark Creighton will host a free program on “ All About Bees, Our Great Pollinators” on Saturday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.

Attendees will learn about the history, behavior and current threats facing this important pollinator. Following the presentation there will be a honey tasting station featuring wildflower, buckwheat and avocado honey as well as several other varieties.

The event is sponsored by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Bee populations are changing

Bees have always played an important role in pollinating plants. Native bees, honey bees and bumble bees all have suffered changes in populations due to a variety of reasons. These challenges have made beekeeping more difficult and labor intensive.

The program will feature the tools of the beekeeper, and demonstrate how bees are handled and cared for throughout the year. Learn how to harvest honey and how conditions could be improved for bees.

Location and more information

The program is offered free of charge, with donations accepted. The Kellogg Center is off Route 34, slightly north of downtown Derby.

For information, directions or to register, email donna.kingston@ct.gov or phone the Kellogg Environmental Center at 203-734-2513.