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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 3:41 pm

Honeybees perform an important and essential service to humans by pollinating most of the fruits, nuts and vegetable crops we eat daily. Since the late 1990s, beekeepers around the world have reported high rates of decline in honeybee colonies. While scientists have hypothesized a combination of factors including parasites, pesticides, infections, pollution and climate change have contributed to this decline, local bee expert Hilary Kearney chooses to focus on how bees live and function. A practitioner of natural, treatment-free beekeeping, she rescues wild bee colonies and now manages 90 hives. Hilary also offers a variety of classes to educate the public about these vital insects, with her next one coming to the library in July. The range of her class instruction includes an introduction to beekeeping, advanced hive management skills, techniques on harvesting honey, how to safely transfer hives and bee-friendly gardening.

 Hilary founded her business, Girl Next Door Honey, in 2012 and recently published her first book, “QueenSpotting.” Her mission is to help new beekeepers succeed and educate the public about the magic of bees and the many benefits of raw honey, which is rich in antioxidants and contains healing properties As part of our Summer Festival, the Coronado Public Library will host a free presentation by Hilary Kearney on Saturday, July 27th at 9:30am. You will hear about the fascinating world of bees and how you can support honeybees in your own backyard with beekeeping, insect hotels and gardening practices!

 Hilary maintains the blog “Beekeeping Like A Girl” and her writing on bees has appeared in “Modern Farmer” and “Grit” magazines. Her work has been featured in the “Huffington Post,” “Vogue,” “Mother Earth News,” and “San Diego Magazine.” When she’s not rescuing bees, teaching about bees, photographing bees or managing one of her fifty colonies… she’s sleeping and dreaming of bees.

The presentation is free and open to the public, thanks to the Friends of the Library.

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