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Monday, October 17, 2011

Free Film Series starts with "Vanishing of the Bees"

What's not to love about bees?

Peabody Museum to Screen Audubon CT Film Series

Free Admission



Film screening:  Vanishing of the Bees

Wednesday, October 26

6:00 p.m.  Meet representatives from local environmental organizations

7:00 p.m.  Introduction and screening of the film, running time 90 minutes

Third floor auditorium, Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven

Cost:  FREE


On Wednesday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m., the Yale Peabody Museum will screen Vanishing of the Bees, the first of four environmental films focusing on the health of waterways, harmful effects of toxins in the environment and environmental stewardship.  Representatives from local environmental organizations will be at each of the film screenings to speak with the public about the Quinnipiac River watershed and the work they are doing to protect.

Film Synopsis

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, almonds, watermelon, avocados, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that by some measures make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.


Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.


The films are part of a series hosted by Audubon Connecticut and made possible by support from the Quinnipiac River Fund in partnership with the Yale Peabody Museum, Wallingford Public Library and Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA).  Films will be screened at all locations during the next few months.  The remaining schedule for the Peabody screenings is as follows:


November 12, at 1:00 p.m.: Green Fire, Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

December 9, at 7:00 p.m.:  Living Downstream

April, 2012, date and time to be determined:  The Work of 1,000


Visit QRWA's website,, for screening times at other locations.


PHOTO:  Honeybee (Apis mellifera), photo by Rob Flynn, ARS, USDA


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