Friday, 26 September 2014 08:53
The Edinburg World Birding Center (EWBC) is preparing residents for an “alien invasion” with their upcoming survival series, “Tools of the Trade: Creating Your Survival Tool Kit.” It will be held on Wednesdays Oct. 1 through 22.
The invasion they are questioning is who or what has caused the dramatic decline of bees around the world. According to a May, 2014, cnn.com report, bee colonies have dropped 30 percent in the United States every winter since 2007. Out of 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally, 71 are pollinated by bees. The article goes on to state that a number of factors are involved in the collapse of bee colonies worldwide. (See www.cnn.com/2014/05/17/opinion/spivak-loss-of-bees/)
The EWBC survival series focuses on the tools necessary to survive in the event of a food shortage caused by the loss of cross pollination and possible loss of technology. Participants will learn about surviving on non-bee-pollinated foods, essential knot-tying and paracord skills and how to make cooking tools, purify water and create food-gathering tools.