World Bee Day Australia

World Bee Day Australia

May 20th 2020. Let’s celebrate together, raise awareness and do something good for bees. World Bee Day is an excellent opportunity to put bees at the centre of the national conversation for a day and encourage actions that create more bee-friendly landscapes. Beekeepers and nature conservationists are united in encouraging improved conditions for bees to build pollination security and to safeguard our food security. Join us in celebrating World Bee Day – 20th May 2020
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Bees and Kids Is a Simple Love Story: an educational program by Yossi Aud

Bees and Kids Is a Simple Love Story: an educational program by Yossi Aud

“Children at young age are very connected to their inner self and spirit, and bees, in a way, are the same – as bee swarms are a spiritual and emotional being. A gentle and sensitive connection    immediately enables the vibrant kids’ spirit to connect with the bee swarm’s spirit. The encounter always demonstrates a powerful shift from fear to love. In the first few minutes the child is scared of the bees, worried that he/she might get stung. Yet after sometime he/she becomes the bees’ good friend, caressing and loving them.
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Australian Pollinator Week

Australian Pollinator Week

November 8th -15th, 2020. Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during our southern spring. It is a designated week when community, business and organisations can come together to raise awareness fo the important pollinators and support their needs. Find events near you, join in the Wild Pollinator Count or create an event!
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Australian Wild Pollinator Count: Autumn 12-19 April 2020: Spring 8-15 November 2020

The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime in our count week. Find out how to count pollinators, identify the insects you see and submit your observations through the links at the top of the page. You can also download our Run Your Own Count kit and organise to count with a group.
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Cool Australia Curriculum; Love Food? Love Bees! for Early Learning, Yr 5/6 and yr9/10 Australian National curriculum aligned

The Australian Curriculum aligned “Love Food? Love Bees!” integrated units explore the importance of bees and enables students to take real and bee-friendly action in their community. Online educational material and support to bring sustainability and our environment into Australian classrooms, providing teachers with engaging, fun and informative learning activities on a whole range of topics. Worth exploring.
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The Honey Bee: A Teachers Companion

is an excellent resource for the Rudolf Steiner curriculum (Waldorf Schools) as it integrates ‘bees’ into main lessons throughout the curriculum with a good range of ideas, poetry, songs and stories to use.
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Great learning activities focussed on bees

Sezza Jai Sykes has created a broad range of activities focussed on language, maths, spatial, body/ kinaesthetic, music / auditory, inter and intra personal and spiritual connections to deepen our connection and appreciation with bees. Have a look at this wonderful resource.
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Project Noah

Explore and document wildlife from around the world. Document nature with your mobile phone. Help scientists with ongoing research. Fascinating interactive site to get us out in the field.
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Australian Association of Environmental Education

Dynamic Association that connects through Education to advance environmental and sustainability issues across all communities and education sectors. Latest issue of Conversations has an article about fun ways to bring bees into the curriculum through the arts.
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Backyard Buddies

A monthly newsletter from National Parks and Wildlife Foundation with all sorts of news on what’s happening seasonally with all sorts of animals. March B-mail 2016 has ‘It’s a Solitary Life for a Bee’ and also wasp stories. Worth subscribing to.
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Planting and Creating Habitat to Attract Australian Native Bees

Colourful and informative guide to pollination, bees, flowers and bee shelters, particularly northern NSW with an excellent guide to building Bee Hotels.
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Films and YouTube

Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are disappearing

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?
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Dance of the Honey Bee

A beautiful short film about honey bees by Peter Nelson. Original score by John Powell. Narrated by Bill McKibben.
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Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

Amazing You Tube clip
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Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?

A profound, alternative look at the global Bee Crisis from award winning film maker Taggart Siegel.
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How One Woman Uses Beekeeping to Change Lives

HIVES is about short film about a Vancouver-based community worker, Sarah Common, who uses beekeeping to reconnect people to their communities, the land, and themselves. As a sideways glance at the Downtown Eastside, a community that has historically been represented in a negative light for their centralisation of drug use and poverty, Sarah Common’s story shows something different: Moments of beauty, hope and positivity.
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Greenbees

Brilliant short clip by Greenpeace on bees and pesticides. Save the bees, save the humans.
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The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee

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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 Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees. Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss.
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Bees On Earth

Growing a Wind Garden-Arts Project. The Common Ground exhibition features a variety of projects that present how students in schools across British Columbia explored their local landscape and its relationship with the people, animals and plants who live there.
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Bees of Transylvania

Bees of Transylvania

Depicts the respectful and deep relationship between the beekeeper and the bees in Translyvania where agriculture has been least affected by pesticides. Beautifully filmed with important message about the importance of the bees for the planet and the urgency of their need.
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Teaching kids about the importance of honeybees

Teaching kids about the importance of honeybees

We’ve just received an email from Ella, a student doing research on bees and she recommended this site and wanted us to share it. It has a good overview of their origin, the tasks in the hive and pollination. Thanks Ella for sharing.
The Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World by Jacqueline Freeman

The Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World by Jacqueline Freeman

Interest in sustainable beekeeping is at an all-time high. For anyone eager to learn more about this increasingly popular activity, Song of Increase is a book with the potential to change not just the way you look at honeybees, but your entire relationship with the natural world. “Bee whisperer” Jacqueline Freeman, whose bee and farm YouTube videos have been watched more than a million times, shares spiritual wisdom and practical insights for engaging in a mutually beneficial relationship with these surprising creatures.

Bee Stories for Children

Beekeepers Library

Beekeepers Library

Wonderful educational resources for teachers. Have a good look as there’s a feast of ideas, music, stories, activities.
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Winnie The Pooh Saves The Honey Bees

Winnie The Pooh Saves The Honey Bees

A new story of a much loved bear who is ‘saving the bees’. It also has lots of activities from planting to baking to arts and crafts to educate children about the importance of bees. (Scroll down the page to download the book).
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The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre

The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre

Follow the life of the bumblebee queen through the year as she creates colonies of hundreds of bees in the space of her life of only one year.
Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock

A beautifully illustrated story for children about a Scout the bee in search of the last flowers in Autumn.
Buzzing a Hive: Teachers Guide by Jean C Echols

Buzzing a Hive: Teachers Guide by Jean C Echols

Drama, games and art projects to do with young children with a focus on bees.
In the Trees Honey Bees by Lori Mortensen

In the Trees Honey Bees by Lori Mortensen

A close up views of the queen, the cells and bee eggs of a wild hive which is enthralling for all ages. Have a peek at the trailer.
The Honey Hunters by Francesca Martin

The Honey Hunters by Francesca Martin

Based on an African folktale, the joyful hunt of a young boy and animals following the honeyguide to the honeycomb.
Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow by Paul Noel

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow by Paul Noel

Bea (Beatrice) and the inhabitants of the meadow fought off some developers who wanted to build houses all over it. Find out how!
Busy Bee and the Silent Spring. Paul Noel

Busy Bee and the Silent Spring. Paul Noel

Silent Spring is a follow up to Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow.
The Fascinating World of Bees by Angels Julivert

The Fascinating World of Bees by Angels Julivert

An excellent introduction to natural science with beautiful illustrations and insights into the complexity of the bees world.
Brilliant Bees by Linda Glaser

Brilliant Bees by Linda Glaser

Beautiful poetic text which is easy to read with bold illustrations of bees.
The Book of Bees: Piotr Socha

The Book of Bees: Piotr Socha

Fascinating book on How do bees communicate? What does a beekeeper do? Did you know that Napoleon loved bees? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more, tracking the history of bees from the time of the dinosaurs to their current plight.
The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons

The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons

Brings alive the thousands of bees visiting millions of flowers to gather the nectar to make honey. The complexity of each task in the hive is discussed as well as understanding the rhythms of beekeepers year.
Life and Times of Honeybee by Charles Micucci

Life and Times of Honeybee by Charles Micucci

A witty and lively insight into the life cycle, work and history of bees for years 3-5
Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees: Odo Hirsch

Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees: Odo Hirsch

The bees on the Bell estate are dying. There’ll be no more delicious honey, and without the bees to pollinate flowers, no more fruit and vegetables. No more of Mrs Simpson’s glorious pies and cakes! Worse still, Mr Fisher the gardener will have to leave the estate, along with his family. Darius Bell is determined that something must be done, even if the dastardly Mayor is against him.
Ned Kelly and the City of the Bees by Thomas Keneally

Ned Kelly and the City of the Bees by Thomas Keneally

An adventure story of ‘Ned Kelly’ who spent an unusual summer in a beehive after shrinking to the size of a bee. A great read for 8 – 80 year olds with a factual base to the fantasy.

Posters and Planners

FOE UK Garden Planner

FOE UK Garden Planner

Simple, clear poster of planting calendar for bee friendly plants which could be easily adapted to Australia by exchanging the months on the chart eg March with September etc. FOE UK has a range of resources on ‘saving the bees’
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For Kids

Go outside and look for bees. What colour are they? What colours are the flowers they enjoy? Are there different types of bees in your garden?

When you go walking in the bush, keep a lookout for ‘natural hives’ in tree hollows or even hanging from tree branches. It is wonderful to watch the wild bees flying in and out of their hive and glimpse them on the wax comb.

Join Project Noah a tool to explore and document wildlife from around the world. Document nature with your mobile phone and get your photo on the site and help scientists with ongoing research.

Did you know?

  • Most of the bees in a hive are females and there can be up to 50,000 bees in a hive!
  • There is 1 Queen bee and a few hundred males called drones
  • Honeybees must visit some 2 million flowers to make 500 gms of honey
  • Honey bees fly around 88,000 kms to bring in enough nectar to make 500 gms of honey
  • Each bee makes about 1/12 of teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • Honey has natural preservatives and bacteria can’t grow in it
  • Honey was found in the tombs of Egypt and is still edible
  • Bees have been around for about 300 million years
  • A honeybee can fly 24 km at a speed of 20 kmh
  • Its wings beat 200 times per sec or 12,000 beats per minute
  • Honey comes with different flavours and colours depending on what flowers the bees collected nectar from