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What’s Happening To Our Honey Bees?

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that adults, ages 18 and older, can register online for a lecture on the “Bee Colony Crisis.”   Presented at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside on Friday, November 13 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., this lecture is free of charge.  Pre-registration is preferred; however, walk-ins are welcomed. 

“The honey bee plays an important role in our country’s agriculture.  This lecture addresses many of the questions we have been asking about a problem that impacts all of us,” says Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh.    

The bee colony crisis has had a deleterious impact on many agricultural crops world-wide.  The decline of the bee population in our country has significantly increased the cost to farmers.  Tim Schuler, New Jersey State Apiarist, will lecture on three causes of trauma to the European honey bee.  Enhanced by a PowerPoint presentation, the lecture will define the ecological problems we face, the impact on the bee-keeping industry and how professional bee keepers and hobbyists have responded to this crisis.  

For more information about this program or other activities at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit    Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.