Edwardsville educator William Klopfenstein will talk about pollinators at a public meeting of the Sierra Club’s Piasa Palisades Group.
Klopfenstein grew up on a small dairy farm in southeastern Pennsylvania, where his family grew and preserved their own food. After high school, he studied biochemistry at Penn State, eventually earning a doctorate. He taught at Kansas State for many years before taking a position as chairman of chemistry at Western Illinois University. He has been a gardener for most of his life and still can freeze or dry food he has grown. He has kept bees for about 10 years.
His presentation will cover the importance of pollinators, what happens in a beehive, the bee pollination industry, how to get started in beekeeping and trends in bee colony numbers related to parasites, diseases and pesticides.
He plans to bring a frame with bees, depending on the weather; and he may bring recently collected honey.
The program will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the First Unitarian Church, 110 E. Third St. in Alton. Attendees and friends are welcome to join the speaker and others for a pre-meeting dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd.