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Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
by Thor Hanson
(Basic Books, 2018)

Bees provide honey, contribute to the beauty of flowers, and supply as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. But they’re also at risk of disappearing. This is the topic of concern that Dr. Thor Hanson, a Guggenheim Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, and award-winning author and biologist, addresses in his new book. Buzz is a natural and cultural history of the more than 20,000 varieties of bees, from honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons. Hanson explores the conditions—pesticides, diminishing food supplies, and diseases—damaging both wild bee populations and honeybee colonies. The book is an accessible and engaging read; particularly enjoyable are Hanson’s descriptions of his own forays into the world of bees.  

Meet biologist Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
Friday August 3, 7:30pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts
2904 College Ave, Berkeley
info: here

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