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Clear Lake Chapter

Chapter Meeting: Houston, we have a solution!

May 8, 2023

Mark de Kiewiet shares his practical research on how we can mitigate the declining bee and pollinator populations, considering both managed and native bees. He also draws from the work of over 2,000 natural beekeepers in the USA and studies conducted in the 1970s. More recently, Mark has been monitoring the impact of climate on both bees and the plants they pollinate. Should we be doing something about this? Combining his Master Naturalist, Master Beekeeper, and native plant knowledge, he has been able to keep the Texas feral bee without the losses reported by others. In his presentation, Mark discusses the Africanization of bees, gardening for pollinators, fascinating aspects of bee biology, and the medical applications of hive products.

About the Speaker

Mark de Kiewiet, a native of South Africa, graduated with engineering and technical management degrees. Although a metallurgist by training, he studied engineering systems and product life cycle issues. His hobbies included hiking, game ranging, and natural beekeeping. He is currently living in Schertz, Texas, with his family.

Hosted by Environmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake

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