The Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, is hosting a free, public screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?,” on Wednesday, August 26, 7 p.m. The event includes a panel of local leaders, including Wilsonville City Councilor Charlotte Lehan, and others discussing the current plight of bees and other pollinators, and what local citizens and governments can do.
“Queen of the Sun” presents a profound, alternative look at the global “bee crisis” from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel. The documentary video takes viewers on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, and weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva.
The issue of pesticide impacts to pollinator health is especially relevant to Wilsonville, as the site of the largest reported bee-kill incident in the United States with the estimated death of 50,000 pollinators due directly to the application by licensed professionals of acutely toxic pesticides in the neonicotinoid class. Since this time, when the City led efforts in conjunction with the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture to take emergency action to cover dozens of pesticide-sprayed trees with netting to prevent bees from accessing the poisonous nectar, community members have rallied to work on projects to improve pollinator habitat and prevent more bee-killing incidents.
A trailer for the video may be seen at: http://www.pesticide.org/queen_of_the_sun_film_showing
The screening is presented by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, a nonprofit organization that works to protect community and environmental health and inspire the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides. For more information, contact Sharon Selvaggio, Water & Wildlife Program Director, at 541-344-5044 Ext. 35, firstname.lastname@example.org.