The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

by Loree Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz Part of the Scientists in the Field Series

Author Loree Griffin Burns begins this intriguing “Scientists in the Field”... read more

Author Loree Griffin Burns begins this intriguing “Scientists in the Field” volume by taking readers into the world of a beekeeper tending her hives. She then profiles a bee wrangler, who transports bees across the country to pollinate crops, before delving into the devastating effects of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Scientists aren’t yet sure what has been causing bee colonies to die off in alarming numbers in recent years, but the potential impact extends from the bees themselves to our food supply. Burns looks at the work of four different scientists studying CCD from various research angles. Each one turned a fascination with bees into a career, and their enthusiastic appreciation for bees shines in this narrative documenting a scientific mystery for which answers are still being sought. Ample, clearly labeled color photographs, along with wonderful design elements, are an integral part of the book’s appeal. (Ages 10–15)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

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