Honey Bee Conservation to be Highlighted on April 13
While conservation and education are at the heart of Mystic Aquarium’s mission, those efforts will take a slightly different slant during the upcoming Mystic Spirit Week. Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village’s Sticky Situations are joining forces to highlight the much-needed conservation efforts of the honey bee.
Mystic Aquarium will show their civic pride during Mystic Spirit Week beginning on Wednesday, April 12 with eight days of music, demonstrations and more in celebration of all that makes Mystic, Connecticut great. The wide array of events and activities run through Wednesday, April 19 to accommodate the variations in regional vacation week schedules.
From rich history to modern arts, a hardy fishing industry to picturesque sailing passages, from native roots of historic heroes to today’s champions for the planet, Mystic is more than a tourist destination. Mystic Aquarium will welcome local artisans, merchants, musicians, histories, heroes and more during Mystic Spirit Week.
Activities scheduled from 11am to 3pm daily will feature Mystic Aquarium’s local conservation programs along with a host of indoor and outdoor activities, special appearances, displays and demonstrations. A full schedule is available at MysticAquarium.org.
During Mystic Spirit Week, Sticky Situations will host a “Name Our Queen Bee” contest; giving guests the opportunity to name the store’s mascot. Submissions will be collected on Thursday, April 13 from 11am to 1pm at the Sticky Situations display in the Aquarium’s Main Gallery. The winner will be selected by both Mystic Aquarium and Sticky Situations and will be announced on both organizations’ social media channels.
“Throughout the day, we will describe how the process of making honey works, showcase the various farms that we work with across the United States and feature different styles of honey,” said Stephen Clemente, owner of Sticky Situations.
According to Greenpeace’s Save the Bees campaign, “two thirds of the crops used to feed people, accounting for 90% of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees.” Over the last several years a disturbing trend has emerged with the loss of colonies. Simply put: Bees and pollinators are disappearing.
“Guests at Mystic Aquarium’s Mystic Spirit Week will gain a sweet perspective on honey and honey bees,” said Ainslie Seeber, the Aquarium’s event manager.
Mystic Aquarium also has taken action to help with the growing concerns about honey bee conservation; having created a pollinator attracting garden at the Stonington’s Dodge Paddock and Beal Preserve. Signage onsite provides tips on how local residents can also help protect bees.
Since the Spring 2015, Mystic Aquarium, in partnership with landowner Avalonia Land Conservancy, has worked to restore this 2.6 acre habitat of freshwater wetlands, tidal salt marsh and coastal grassland systems, to ensure a healthy home for resident fish, wildlife and migratory waterbirds, as well as use tidal circulation to biologically control mosquitos. Dodge Paddock and Beal Preserve is the last green public space in Stonington Borough, Connecticut.
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