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Community Quilt Celebrating Honeybees
5/19/2009

No honey, no money.  The honeybee population starting in 2006 has been drastically dropping due to unknown factors. 

Scientists over the years have been researching the problem, with little luck.  However, recently Science Daily says scientists “have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success.”

The use of honeybees to pollinate agriculture is big business!  In the United States, $14 billion dollars in annual added value is associated to honeybee pollination for crops, flowers, and fruit. 

The importance of honeybees in our everyday lives goes unnoticed on a daily basis.  But, it isn’t overlooked.  A local Portland fabric and craft shop, Gossamer, is completing their second community quilt project called The Bee Meadow Project.  A celebration of its completion will be May 23rd with music and more fun.

Rose Sabel-Dodge, the owner of Gossamer says, “We decided to do a project about the bees because we wanted to put positive energy into Bees and their concerns today.  We wanted to do this by creating and crafting in honor of natures beauty, by making aware and educating people about the problems facing the bee colonies, and by helping a local organization (The Northwest Apiculture Fund for Honey Bee Research) make positive moves to help make things better.”
 
Gossamer’s first community project was about the Coral Reef, which was hanging at the OMSI last summer.  Gossamer has another project planned for the winter holiday season.

If you’d like to learn more about honeybees, check out this video from 60 minutes, which was last updated in February 2008.
 

 

By: Jonathan Davis





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