"Pollinators Under Pressure" Screens at McGinty's Gallery on Friday, September 6, 2019

McGinty’s Gallery
At The End Of The World
Presents Their First Annual Themed Show,
”Casa de la Mariposa”

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McGinty’s Gallery
At The End Of The World
869 E. Mariposa St.
Altadena, CA 91001
Show runs September 6 - October 11, 2019

Opening Reception September 6th 6-10pm

Centering on butterflies and metamorphosis, the show features over 60 local artists.
Enjoy tacos by Sofia and live music by Artichoke.

With a Special Screening
Pollinators Under Pressure”
with executive producers Laura Cox and George DiCaprio

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Pollinators Under Pressure” is a short film (approx. 14 min.)

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio

Featuring: Dominic Monaghan, Michael A. Hill, Dr. Kimberly Winter, Sam Droege, Gunther Hauk, Laurie Davis Adams, Scott Hoffman Black, Josefina Navarro, Elvis Cordova, Emerson Hernandez, Juan Elizondo, Kala Price

(The screening is much less formal than a ticketed event. It will be in the alley behind the gallery around 8:30pm.
The main focus of the event - the visual art inside the gallery.)

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/880742618971093/

Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good - Mushroom Mycelium

Filmmakers set up cameras in this forest and captured the most amazing scene. This is an excerpt from the 3D documentary feature about Paul Stamets, renowned mycologist, author and visionary, on how mushrooms can save the world.  A Film by Louie Schwartzberg.

Let's Watch Bees!

Above USDA Headquarters: Bees are Abuzzing    May 16, 2014

The People's Garden Apiary located on the roof of the Jamie L. Whitten Building at USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC is home to approximately 40,000 Italian honey bees. You can #USDABeeWatch any day of the week by tuning into our live bee cam.

This time of year our hive is bursting with activity! The worker bees that you see are all female and are busy collecting nectar and pollen to convert into honey. Spring time in the Nation's Capital is a major time for honey production by honey bee colonies.

The activities of a colony vary with the seasons. Join the conversation about bees and other pollinators by using hashtag #USDABeeWatch.

About The People's Garden Apiary

The first beehive was installed on Earth Day in 2010 and a second hive was later added in 2011. USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, Maryland helps keep these colonies of bees strong and healthy so they can pollinate crops growing in the Headquarters People's Garden and neighboring landscapes. An added bonus is the delicious honey, approximately 18 gallons worth, extracted from the hive since 2010.

The beehives consist of wooden box-like sections stacked on top of each other. Each box (or super) holds 8-10 wooden frames, each containing a thin sheet of wax foundation. The bees build their combs on these foundations.

Honey is stored in the combs in the upper parts of the hive. When the bees have filled the combs in the upper section with honey and covered them with wax caps, the beekeeper takes them away to extract the honey. You can take a virtual tour of the People's Garden ApiaryThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. for a look inside the hive and the fascinating world of beekeeping.

Honey Bees

Bee Hive.Honey bees are not native to the United States. The scientific name for honey bee is Apis mellifera. Since humans first began keeping honey bees, their principal aim has been the harvest of honey. Beekeepers select the appropriate type of honey bee based on temperament, physical characteristics, disease resistance, and productivity.

Italian honey bees were selected for the People's Garden Apiary because they are most often used in commercial beekeeping in the United States. These bees have a relatively gentle disposition and are good honey producers. They are not the most resistant to disease, but they excel in most other areas.

There have been some queen survivorship issues in both of the People's Garden colonies, which actually mirrors what's going on in the rest of the country. Queen health is an issue for everyone who buys queens, commercial or hobbyist. The exact underlying reasons for poor queen survivorship is unknown, but the ARS lab is actively researching this problem.

Why Care About Pollinators?

Pollinators need us and we need pollinators. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating more than 100 crops and one out of every three bites of food Americans eat. These foods give our diet diversity, flavor, and nutrition. Sadly, the number of native bees and domesticated bee populations are declining due to disease, adverse weather and other conditions.

The People's Garden Initiative encourages everyone to take an active role in saving the honey bee and other pollinators by adopting pollinator-friendly land management practices at home and within your local community. Remember: no bees, no honey.

How to Garden for Pollinators

A bee on a group of wildflowers.Increase the number of pollinators in your area by choosing plants that provide essential habitat and food sources for birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees. Supporting pollinators is not hard to do. Start by following these simple steps to create a pollinator-friendly garden:


  • Go Native - plant native plant species
  • Bee Showy - flowers should bloom in your garden throughout the growing season
  • Bee Bountiful - plant big patches of each plant species
  • Bee Diverse - plant a diversity of flowering species that supply an abundance of pollen and nectar
  • Bee Chemical Free - limit or eliminate use of pesticides

Watch this webinar on Pollinators for Your GardenThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. for expert advice on how to create a successful pollinator garden.

How can you find pollinator-friendly native plants for your garden?

The Pollinator Partnership offers 32 different planting guides to improve pollinator habitat, each one tailored to a specific ecoregion in the United States. Each guide is filled with an abundance of native plant and pollinator information. Enter your zip codeThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. to find your ecoregion planting guide and download it for free.

Read more, Learn more, Watch live: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=usdabees

Thanks to The Pollinator Partnership for sharing the link.


Beekeeping More Than 60 Years Ago, Caught On Film

This message brought to us by CATCH THE BUZZ: Kim Flottom,  Bee Culture, The Magazine Of American Beekeeping, published by the A.I. Root Company. Twitter.FacebookBee Culture’s Blog:

Following is a story about a 10 minute file made in 1947, the year this Editor was born. It shows migratory beekeeping like you have never seen. It tells of 300 pounds/colony crops, show lifting 4 story colonies onto trucks without a forklift, and living off the land as a traveling beekeeper. Much has changed in the 60+ years since this film was made, but fortunately, much has not. The link to the film is at the end of this piece. Sit back for just a few minutes and watch how it used to be. Enjoy this bit of nostalgia…

The following is the story that accompanies the link on the web page of the newspaper that published it.

A 10-minute film that had surfaced in the National Film and Sound Archive made in 1947 called “Beekeeping on the Move”, made in Australia.

Bega District News    By Albert McKnight   4/3/14

#Throwback Thursday: Bega's "Beekeeping on the Move" Identified

Beekeeping on the Move  (1947)

AS PART of Throwback Thursday recently, the BDN put a call out to anyone who could shed light on a 10-minute film that had surfaced in the National Film and Sound Archive made in 1947 called “Beekeeping on the Move”.

Specifically we asked if anyone could identify the two apiarists in the film, who with short pants and sleeves go about the business of bee keeping surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Bega Valley.

A breakthrough was made when we spoke to veteran apiarist and ex-school science teacher Jim Collins, 86, earlier this week.

The two men are Ernie E Abrams and Ron Shuhkraft, both ex-servicemen and locals who worked at Calimpa Apiaries, which was owned by Abrams and was near the lookout on Doctor George Mountain.

Abrams is the older man in the film, who was a digger in WW1 and was described as being a bit “wild” by Collins.

“He was big, tough, he was a real character,” said Collins.

Collins never knew Abrams’ wife, however Abrams did have a son who was sadly killed in WW2.

There were once plaques on memorial trees to youngsters killed in WW2 outside the Bega council chambers, which included Abrams’ son, however now unfortunately the trees and plaques have been removed.  

Abrams moved from the Bega Valley to an area outside of Sydney, before he passed away.

The younger man in the film is Shuhkraft, who was of German descent and fought in WW2 as one of the infamous “Rats of Tobruk” before moving to the Bega Valley and settling on Murrays Swamp Rd.

While Shuhkraft passed away about two years ago, he is survived by his wife Edna, son Graham and his daughter Fay.

Collins moved to the Bega Valley in 1950 before starting beekeeping two years later, and has fond memories of tending to hives alongside Shuhkraft, also of spending time at Calimpa Aviaries in the 1950s.

Collins began his hives with John Hodgeson, an English teacher from the UK, and they almost began a commercial business when together at the zenith of their beekeeping they owned 30 hives.

In the film, what seems remarkable is that both Abrams and Shuhkraft are wearing no protective clothing, but that is less remarkable to Mr Collins.

“We got used to getting around in shorts,” he said.

“When bees are full of honey they don’t sting.

“But if times are hard, and if you do something stupid like bump something, then they will take to you.”

It was passion, not dreams of wealth, that drove the apiarists, said Collins.

“It is a sophisticated form of animal husbandry, but there is no money in it,” he said.

Collins laments how today, commercial beekeeping has changed and not for the better.

“These days, the way they do it is pretty destructive.

“Some blocks have 3000 hives.

“I think it is environmentally destructive.”

Collins thinks the Bega Valley is a superb place for keeping bees as the flowers from eucalypt trees yield lots of honey, and a decent amount of honey has been collected from local apiarists for the last two years.

Collins keeps bees to this day, and has 20 hives on a property at Nutleys Creek Rd, Bermagui.

Link:  http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2193379/throwbackthursday-begas-beekeepers-on-the-move-identified/?cs=504

Wings of Life Screening Sat. Oct. 5th at the G2 Gallery Film Festival

This coming weekend, October 4-6, The G2 Gallery will be hosting its first annual G2 Green Earth Film Festival! The festival will bring together environmentally minded filmmakers of all levels of experience – there will be screenings from proactive high school students as well as Academy Award-nominated directors, all of which focus on conservation issues.

On Saturday October 5 at 7 PM, we will be screening Wings of Life, a breathtaking documentary from Louie Schwartzberg narrated by Meryl Streep that takes an up-close look at the incredible and vital pollinators of the world. Time-lapse cinematography like that seen in Planet Earth (and actually invented by Schwartzberg) shows the beauty and intricacy of the pollination process. 
Time: 7PM
G2 Gallery
1503 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are Disappearing!

Filmed June 2013   Posted on TEDGlobal  9/20/13

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. 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?

Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect. Full bio »


More Than Honey

Scientific American  By Ferris Jabr   6/19/13
More Than Honey: A New Documentary Offers Spectacular Close-Ups Of Bees Mid-Flight Perspective on the World Wide Honey Bee Crisis

A male honey bee is essentially a winged penis doomed to die immediately after losing his virginity. On summer afternoons, male bees—known as drones—emerge from many different hives and gather in a small swarm. No one is sure exactly how drones pick their “congregation areas” or why they are often in exactly the same place year after year, but the answer likely has something to do with fragrant chemical messages known as pheromones. The drones wait for a virgin queen from a nearby colony to make an appearance and compete for the chance to mate with her mid-flight, crashing into one another as they race after her alluring perfume. If a drone is successful, the act of copulation rips his penis and entrails from his abdomen, so he falls to the ground and dies. The queen mates with as many as 20 drones in a single flight and stores millions of their sperm in an internal pouch called a spermatheca—sufficient supplies for a lifetime of egg-laying.

Imagining what a mating flight might look like is all well and good; watching it happen as though you were a drone flying alongside the queen is so much better. The fascinating and gorgeous new documentary “More Than Honey” offers just such a bee’s-eye view.

To capture the 36 breathtaking seconds of high-definition macro footage, director Markus Imhoof, cinematographers Jörg Jeshel and Attila Boa and their teammates visited a drone congregation site in Austria near hives


More Than Honey

New York Times  By Stephen Holden  6/11/13
In Fields and Hives, Zooming in on What Ails Bees. 'More Than Honey' a documentary by Markus Imhoof.
If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would have four years left to live. That assertion, attributed to Albert Einstein but perhaps apocryphal, is voiced in “More Than Honey,” a fascinating but rambling documentary about the decimation of the world’s bee population through the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.
Directed and written by Markus Imhoof, a Swiss filmmaker, the movie is a tutorial on the biology and social behavior of bees and their exploitation in the age of industrial agriculture. Mr. Imhoof is descended from a long line of Alpine beekeepers whose cultivation of bees and harvesting of their honey...