The Bee Altar pays homage to the sacred honeybee as it is honored by many religious traditions. It also educates visitors about the injury being done to our domestic honeybees by Colony Collapse Disorder, a newly-recognzied disease which has decimated our bee populations over the past 3 years. Native wild bee and bumblebee populations are also being extinguished by Varroa mite and other pests introduced by modern industrial agriculture. Our display is made from fruits, vegetables, and flowers made possible by the work of bees; did you know 1/3 of every bite of food we eat is created by them? For Spiral Dance 30, the Bee Altar will include an activity to support the Great Sunflower Project run by biologist Dr. Gretchen Lebuhn of SF State, who is recruiting children and adults to help her assess the health of our bees across North America. Get involved! We will also update you on The Vanishing of the Bees, a documentary supported by our group that is premiering this fall. Brought to you by the BeeWitched Collective.
Bless the Bees!
P.S. For children and the young-at-heart, trick or treat snacks made from honey will be passed out at the Bee Altar–for consumption AFTER the Dance.