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Bee people
Ellis, Leslie (Film producer), film producer, participant.
Publication Information:
[New York] : True Mind, [2014]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"For 100 million years, bees have provided sustainability on earth-- yet these glorious pollinators are facing challenges and fading from our planet. ... [This film] provides an in-depth look at the people who are facing the challenge on behalf of the bees, making a difference, and urging everyone to join them on a planet-saving mission"--Container.
General Note:
Program content: c2013.

Special feature: featurette Extracting honey (16 min.).
Reading Level:
Not rated.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library SF523.8 B44 2014V Adult DVD Central Library
Audubon Library SF523.8 B44 2014V Adult DVD Open Shelf
Crane Branch Library SF523.8 B44 2014V Adult DVD On Display
Kenmore Library SF523.8 B44 2014V Adult DVD Audio Visual
Orchard Park Library SF523.8 B44 2014V Adult DVD Audio Visual
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library SF523.8 B44 2014V Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Take an epic adventure with Gregg McMahan, Colorado's own 'Bee Guru' and Tony 'Bees' Planakis as they share extraordinary insight on being a beekeeper.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Since commercial beekeepers lose 75 percent of their hives annually, it is becoming important to increase the numbers of urban/suburban beekeepers in order to ensure healthy bee populations for continued pollination of food crops. Gregg McMahan (the "Bee Guru") and his associates have made inroads among school-age Coloradans, educating them on the importance of bees as well as recruiting students and adults to the vocation. The film covers important aspects of small-scale beekeeping: employing beekeeping associations as resources for beginners, rescuing feral bees (swarms), and mentoring newbies. Here are real people (with senses of humor) telling seminal stories and offering genuine solutions to plummeting bee populations, e.g., establishing a hive every two miles. Viewers will come away with ideas on where to take problems with swarming bees and discover solid alternatives for learning more about this fulfilling hobby. VERDICT This fascinating film is highly recommended for most video collections.-Cliff Glaviano, formerly with Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Host and bee removal expert Gregg McMahan has a big personality and plenty of passion for his industrious "girls"-bees, that is. However, that's not enough to boost this unscripted introduction to the pleasures and perils of beekeeping beyond a disorganized ramble. First, there are vague warnings about Colony Collapse Disorder, highlighted by a debatable claim that the slow pace of life in Third World countries may be due to poor nutrition resulting from the growing scarcity of crop-pollinating bees. McMahan then leads viewers through a fragmentary school visit, a protracted removal of bees colonizing a Colorado barn, interviews at a local beekeepers' expo (downing shots of honey vodka along the way), and a trip to New York City for an anticlimactic second "rescue" of what turns out to be an abandoned hive. Pop quizzes sprung on random passersby and other shorter segments are interspersed. Viewers get superficial introductions to a number of beekeepers, including younger ones, but will learn little about bees themselves or the art and craft of keeping them.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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