JAMESTOWN - One-third of our food and much of our clothing are made possible by bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
The world's bee population is being seriously threatened by the sometimes unexplained disappearance of millions of bees.
For those who are considering doing something about this disturbing situation by becoming a beekeeper, you can participate in the Audubon Center & Sanctuary's Beekeeping Basics Workshop on Jan. 18.
On Saturday morning, Jan. 18, an overview of the basics of beekeeping will help participants decide whether to take more classes on the subject. The workshop will take place at the Audubon Center.
From 10 a.m. to noon, participants will learn about the basics of beekeeping from beekeepers Dennis and Laura Lamonica. The Lamonicas will describe the equipment needed to start a beekeeping operation and present information about the care honeybees require.
The Lamonicas have been beekeeping for several years. They and their hives have braved bears, weather and disease. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.
Beekeepers need to order bees in January, so now is the time to find out how to begin.
The program will lead into a beekeeping series planned by the Cornell Cooperative Extension later this spring.
The series will walk beekeepers through the first year of beekeeping.
The cost of the workshop is $16 for the general public and $12 for Friends of the Nature Center.
Class size is limited. Reservations are required by Jan. 13. Call 569-2345, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on the link under Program Listing at jamestownaudubon.org.
The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pa.