Monday, August 19, 2013

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery
By Sandra Markle
Millbrook Press, 2014. 48 pages. Nonfiction.

From Sandra Markle (The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs) comes another book about the mysterious dwindling of an animal population; this time, she studies the vanishing honeybees. With brilliant photographs and thorough research, Markle discusses potential causes and solutions. Scientists believe some causes of Colony Collapse Disorder include climate change (extended hot, dry seasons), overworking due to large, unvaried crops, and widespread attacks by mites and fungi. There have been some gains in preservation research, such as breeding special "hygenic" bees that are not as susceptible to mites and hive infestations. But, tragically, 2013 has been shaping up to be the biggest loss of honeybees yet.
This fascinating non-fiction title is dedicated to "curious children everywhere," and I believe that they will enjoy it. The information is astounding, and the afterword includes ways this problem directly affects us, and how we can help in big and small ways.

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