Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Oregon in Portland
Tuesday, September 18, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Elsie Stuhr Center of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, 5550 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton (Near the Beaverton Library.)
Naturalist Jim Anderson will explore the mysterious world of bees at a public presentation, Bees 101, on Tuesday, September 18, at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by the University of Oregon in Portland Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI-UO), this free presentation is open to mature adults interested in noncredit lifelong learning opportunities.
Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value, particularly for specialty crops such as almonds and other nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables (Oregon crops). About one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honeybee pollination. In California, the almond crop alone uses 1.3 million colonies of bees, about half of all honeybees in the United States.
Beginning in 2006, some beekeepers began losing 30% to 90% of their hives from a currently unrecognizable cause. While there is still honey in the hive, a low number of adult bees are present with a live queen, and there are no dead honeybees in the hive; it has been termed, “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Find out more in this informed, lively discussion of Apis mellifera.
Anderson, one of Oregon’s most celebrated naturalists, has a compelling and extensive history as a writer and teacher. Active in conservation efforts, he has appeared many times in the “Oregon Field Guide” programs and has worked for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. His book, Tales from a Northwest Naturalist, describes life as an active, engaged observer of wildlife.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a noncredit, academic program at the University of Oregon in Portland. Geared toward mature adults, OLLI-UO strives to create an atmosphere centered around the joy of learning without the stress of tests, grades, or admission requirements. College degrees or previous affiliation with the University of Oregon are not required for membership or participation.