Speak for the Bees

Lecture Series 2020-21

When Milton Public Library conducted its series of Community Conversations, we heard you loud and clear: Miltonians are passionate about environmental issues. Whether it was students participating in climate strikes in their schools, or grandparents worried about the kind of future they were leaving behind for their grandchildren, environmental consciousness was a key priority across all of our conversations.

Milton Public Library is delighted to be hosting a series of virtual lectures and events under the Speak for the Bees banner, with generous support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Speak for the Bees is both a play on Dr. Seuss's cautionary tale, The Lorax, and a nod to our award-winning brand identity. In 2019, MPL launched its bee logo, which symbolizes the library as a hive of activity and teamwork, where the community comes together to be inspired.

Speak for the Bees invites participants of all ages to engage with our environmentally-themed speakers: to ask questions, to think critically, to get informed on how to cope with the current climate emergency, and most importantly, to learn how to save the bees.

Environmental Philosophy for Kids

There are as many ways to think, talk and ask about the environment as there are pebbles in a stream. So where do we start? By asking big questions! How closely related are human beings to other parts of nature? Do plants and animals have thoughts and feelings like we do? How can we tell?

If your little thinker has big questions about the environment, this program is for them. Join Red T Media for a lively discussion environmental philosophy for kids. They'll be thinking...and thinking green!

Ages: 7-12

Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations TO provides a safe space for people to express their concerns about climate change while gaining tools and resources to help reduce your carbon footprint. They help participants work with the complex emotions that make it difficult to act and find renewed motivation.

Designed with the reputable Carbon Conversations materials developed by psychotherapist Rosemary Randal and engineer Andy Brown in the UK, tihs successful model is being applied in the GTA for the first time.

Come learn more about the Carbon Conversation approach and how you can join the conversation.

Ages: Adults

How Mushrooms Can Save the World

In 2014, Paul Stamets (leading mycologist, visionary and TED Talk presenter), Dr. Steve Sheppard (Chair, Department of Entomology, Washington State University) and the Washington State Beekeepers Association teamed up in a research initiative called BeeFriendly™ to help reverse devastating declines in the global bee population that are critically threatening the world’s food security.

In 2015, experiments began where honey bees drank different mushroom mycelium extracts. Research is indicating that mushroom mycelium extracts provide essential nutrition that confers an immune benefit to bees. This nutritional support then translates into improved hive health.

Due to the increase in mono-cultured landscapes and loss of biodiversity, bees have lost access to many sources of nutrition that they might have benefited from in the past. Mycelium extracts may prove to be a powerful support for bees as they endure more challenging conditions in our ecosystems. Come sit in on this wonderful webinar to learn more.

Ages: Adults

Pollinator Gardens

The environmental impact of gardening cannot be overstated, especially as it relates to important pollinators, like bees.

If you are feeling overwhelmed about the environmental issues facing our planet today, think locally.

Join Sean James, past president and treasured member of the Milton & District Horticultural Society, as he discusses how to help your garden help the bees.

Ages: Adults

Honey Bee Research Centre

Did you know that the University of Guelph is home to a state of the art Honey Bee Research Centre? 

The Ontario Agricultural College initiated apiculture training and research in 1894. In 1920, an apiculture building was built on campus that was the first of its kind in North America for beekeeping studies. The current facilities include a molecular biology laboratory focusing on honey bee genetics and diseases, 13 apiaries for our 300 beehives, honey bee breeding stations on two islands in Lake Simcoe, an indoor colony overwintering room and the equipment necessary for all aspects of beekeeping and hive product processing.

Honey bees play a key role in agricultural productivity and ecosystem sustainability by providing pollination services to crops and wild plants. Come learn more about their mandate to help honey bees continue this vital work.

Ages: Adults