A new study finds one quarter of New England wildflower species have disappeared in the last 150 years. Researchers are worried about what that means for local ecosystems. The decrease can be attributed to pollution, urban development, invasive species and climate change.
And the decline of our region's wildflower species isn't the only threat to our pollinators. Researchers have found that since 1947, the population of managed honey bees has dropped from 6 million colonies to 2.5 million.
NPR reported this week that, "Bee colony death continues to rise. According to the Bee Informed Partnership’s latest survey, released this week, U.S. beekeepers lost nearly 40% of their honeybee colonies last winter — the greatest reported winter hive loss since the partnership started its surveys 13 years ago. The total annual loss was slightly above average."
How does the loss of pollinators affect our food system?
That’s the subject of a new documentary, The Pollinators. Peter Nelson is the director and the director of photography of the film, and he joins us.
Visit their website for information on where you can see the film. Upcoming screenings in our region include the Woods Hole Film Festival on July 31, 2019 and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival from August 22 to August 25.