Bee Informed: 5 Educational Videos Highlighting the Importance of Bees

Bee Informed: 5 Educational Videos Highlighting the Importance of Bees

Title Graphic Credit Alex Taylor

 

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability.

 

This month, we've decided to do something a little different and highlight 5 short educational videos to help you learn more about the importance of bees as pollinators, the threats they face, and their contribution to sustainable development.

All videos are available to watch for free on YouTube.

 

Enjoy and Happy Learning!


 

1. Center for Biological Diversity - Native Bee Diversity in North America

View this beautiful slideshow of some of North America's Native Bees.

(Running Time 1 minute 40 seconds)

 

USGS Bee Inventory, Flickr
Image by USGS Bee Inventory, Flickr

 

2. FAO - Imagine a World Without Bees

More than 75 % of the world’s food crops rely on pollination. Without bees, we wouldn’t have these nutritious foods. Bees play an essential role in keeping us and the planet healthy.

(Running Time 1 minute)

 

Benefits of Pollinators
Image by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

 

3. Team Candiru: The Solitary Bees

90% of the world's bees are solitary bees. They are crucial pollinators, yet are little known or conserved. This short film aims to change that. The film showcases the fascinating behavior and value of solitary bees. It follows a variety of different species through their struggles to find resources, avoid death and create new life.

(Running Time 17 minutes, 4 seconds)

 

Red Mason Bees

 

4. Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

Bees are disappearing around the globe. Using the honey bee as an example, Marla Spivak reveals four interacting reasons our bees are dying. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world's crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

(Running Time 15 minutes, 57 seconds)

 

Dead Bee

 

5. Lucy King: How bees can keep the peace between elephants and humans

Imagine waking in the middle of the night to an elephant ripping the roof from your house in search of food. This is a reality in some communities in Africa where, as wild spaces shrink, people and elephants are competing for space and resources like never before. In this engaging talk, zoologist Lucy King shares her solution to the rising conflict: fences made from beehives that keep elephants at bay while also helping farmers establish new livelihoods.

(Running Time 13 minutes, 24 seconds)

Learn more about the Elephants & Bees Project here

 

Elephants and Bees Project
Image by Elephants and Bees Project

 


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