Visual Art
6:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

See Bees Collaborate on Kalamazoo ArtPrize Entry (Through Protective Glass)

Credit courtesy of Lad Hanka

ArtPrize in Grand Rapids is usually swarming with people and this year it will be swarming with bees. Kalamazoo artist and beekeeper Ladislav Hanka has found an interesting way to let his bees collaborate on his artwork. 

The Great Wall of Bees: The Intelligence of the Bee Hive by Ladislav Hanka will be on display at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids through October 12.

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10:20 am
Thu June 12, 2014

No Bees No Fruit: Why Bees Are Essential To Farmers

Ann Sharkey inspects her hive on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic fruit farm
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Despite the media’s out-pouring of articles about “colony collapse disorder” and about how pesticides are killing off bees, visitors to my organic blueberry farm often have not connected the dots between bees and fruit. 

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Hobbies & Farming
6:48 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Beekeepers Mourn But Remain Fascinated With Nature's Pollinators

Patricia Grupp inspecting her bee hive after the long, cold winter
Credit Nancy Camden

The honey bee in the United States is suffering stress from pesticides, mites and what is termed Colony Collapse Disorder. Adding to that stress was this year’s long, cold winter which was fatal to many local bee colonies.

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