Friends of Parker River NWR

Monthly Events

Monthly Refuge Events

See the

Go Fishing Day

Photos!

Go Fishing Day

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See the

Photo Camp

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Photo Camp 2011

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The Leeward Rail Band

Performing at the

Visitor’s Center

Leeward Rail

Earth Day 2015: Vanishing of the Bees, Documentary Film

Please join Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, April 26th for a showing of the documentary film: Vanishing of the Bees, Narrated by Ellen Page.

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.