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7.14.2011

Help Count the Bees as part of The Great Bee-a-Thon


"Bee-a-thon 2011 is a free, online "town hall" event broadcast live to a worldwide audience on July 16th to shed light on the plight of our bees. Tune in for 12 minutes... or 12 hours! Learn how pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food, contribute billions of dollars to global economies and face challenges from colony collapse disorder and other threats.

Tune in as top bee experts, beekeepers and key environmental players reveal the latest buzz on what's happening to our bees and what you can do this summer to make a difference. It's easy to join the conversation and get inspired to take action.

The Bee-a-thon kicks off the Great Bee Count, a Citizen Science campaign hosted on YourGardenShow.com in partnership with the Great Sunflower Project. We're counting bees across North America and helping shape bee conservation efforts."

Click the link below to register and  find out more

 and also  to find out more about the Sunflower Project

Bees in the Heavens- The Beehive Star Cluster

From 2MASS Atlas Image Gallery: The Messier Catalog- image in the Public Domain

The Beehive Cluster ( M44) 
also called  Praesepe which in Latin tranlates as "crib" or "manger",  
is found in the constellation of Cancer. 
  It is a "Galactic" or open cluster of at least 200 bright stars 
  and is 400 million years old; much older than the Pleiades.
It is also about 600 light years away from planet Earth.  

The Mayan Bee God of Tulum on the Yucatan - Quintana Roo

In the late 1970's I had the privilege of visiting the Yucatan Peninsula as part of our High School Senior Class Trip. We studied Mayan Architecture in preparation.  Again in the mid 80's I visited the Yucatan- including Tulum, right on the coast, Where the Diving or Descending God is important.  It is thought to represent the  bee god Ah Muzencab. I will try and find my photos and post them if I can locate them. The Mayan's raise stingless meliponine bees;

" Melipona beecheii. Its traditional name, xunan kab (or kolil kab in the Mayan language), means "royal lady." which they believed were links to the spiritual world. Women in the Yucatan still raise these bees, but their numbers are dwindling due to loss of habitat and  in part to the introduction of Africanized honeybees.

Read more at National Geographic's page http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/0628_050628_maya_bees.html