The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

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Overview

“A fascinating book.”—Booklist

Without honey bees, the world would be a different place. There would be no honey, no beeswax for candles, and, worst of all, barely a fruit, nut, or vegetable to eat. So imagine the beekeeper Dave Hackenburg’s horror when he discovered twenty million of his charges had vanished. In The Hive Detectives, Loree Griffin Burns profiles bee wranglers and bee scientists who have been working to understand colony collapse disorder, or CCD. In this dramatic and enlightening story, readers explore the lives of the fuzzy, buzzy insects and learn what might happen to us if they were gone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544003262
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 215,378
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: NC1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Loree Griffin Burns, Ph.D., was stung five times while researching this book: once by accident and four times while trying to capture an image. She lives, writes, and watches bees in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and three children. You can visit her at www.loreeburns.com.

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"Throughout the presentation, readers learn about the anatomy, development, and social behavior of honey bees, and observe the process of scientific investigation and its vital, real-world application. Appended are lists of recommended books, magazines, films, Web sites as well as a glossary and a source bibliography. A fascinating book from the Scientists in the Field series."—Booklist, starred review

"Not long after beekeepers encountered a devastating new problem in their hives in 2006, a team of bee scientists began working to discover the causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), now attributed to a combination of factors possibly including pesticides, nutrition, mites and viruses...Harasimowicz's clear, beautifully reproduced photographs support and extend the text."—Kirkus, starred review

 

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The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
klsulliv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hive Detectives provides information about honey bees, beekeeping and why honey bees are important to us. This book also gives readers insights into how scientists work to solve problems. Children will love this book because it encourages people to experiment to solve problems. Science is all about exploring and testing in order to solve problems. Children will learn all about bees in this book. Children will be amazed with all of the findings they read in this text!
prkcs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chronicles the scientists, professionals and hobbyist beekeepers who are leading the investigaion into the sudden catasrophic demise of North American honeybee colonies. Includes information about hives, bees and "bee culture."
shillson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Hive Detectives covers the strange disappearance of honey bees from hives around the world, a condition called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The book examines the efforts of scientists and bee keepers to identify the cause of the problem. Information about the anatomy, development, and social behavior of honey bees are also included throughout the text. The book also demonstrates the the process of scientific investigation, the challenges of research projects, and the importance of investigating a variety of possibilities. There is a lot of text and some scientific knowledge is necessary, therefore I would recommend it to students in grades 4 and up. However, there are great color photos that make this book appealing for younger students too. Appended are lists of recommended books, magazines, films, and Web sites as well as a glossary and a source bibliography. All of the pictures have captions and the pictures clarify and extend the text. The information is presented clearly and directly and the language is vivid and interesting.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 2006, beekeepers suddenly noticed some of their hives collapsing. The seemingly healthy and happy bees abandoned their hives for no obvious reason. Enter the hive detectives, a group of beekeepers and scientists with different specialties, coming together to figure out what's going wrong and how to fix it. Is it a new bee virus? A pest? Changes in the environment? The hive detectives are working hard to find out. Another great addition to the Scientists in the Field series, this book has full-color photos and a very readable style. Parts of the book are formatted to look like a field journal, which is a very effective layout for a book that takes you inside the action. Young ecologists and animal lovers will eat this up and I'd also try it on fans of creepy crawly things. Highly recommended.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe is an informative nonfiction book that focuses on the honey bee. The plot focuses on a true event in 2006 when a honey bee farmer in the U.S. finds that his honey bees have died. We're not talking about a few hundred bees or even a few thousand...we're talking about twenty million honey bees. This was huge loss and word of mouth discovered other farmers all over the world had experienced similar losses. This information made its way to the United States Congress which thankfully warranted enough concern to take action. The term colony collapse disorder (CCD) was coined and a group of scientists were recruited to determine what was killing honey bees. The Hive Detectives discusses the science behind the honey bee as an animal, the dynamics within a honey bee hive, the purpose the honey bee serves in earth's ecosystem, how the honey bee's work impacts humans, and the theories/research/testing that were conducted by scientists during the CCD investigation. It also offers beautiful visuals on every page, a helpful glossary, and a list of other materials to study. Although this book is targeted to middle-grade youth, I as an adult learned quite a bit. What hit me the hardest was a renewed realization that sustainability in agricultural farming NEEDS to be common practice ASAP. If not, we will be exterminating not only the targeted species of pests that are harmful to farming but also the irreplaceable species that make farming possible. In other words, we will no longer be able to grow fresh plant-based foods which will have a domino effect that could very well exterminate human life. No, this book does not lay out the horror I just summed up - that was just what I took away from my reading experience. Unfortunately, The Hive Detectives does not offer a single conclusion, but it details a combination of factors that may be in play. If nothing else, it will get children and adults eager enough for a conclusion to go research this topic on their own. This is an example of when knowledge is power. Change needs to happen and the more people that know about it the better. My favorite quote: "Our world is a dangerous place for them [honey bees], and it will take a Herculean effort on the part of all humans - people who keep bees, people who study bees, and even people who read about bees - to see them through."
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe is an informative nonfiction book that focuses on the honey bee. The plot focuses on a true event in 2006 when a honey bee farmer in the U.S. finds that his honey bees have died. We're not talking about a few hundred bees or even a few thousand...we're talking about twenty million honey bees. This was huge loss and word of mouth discovered other farmers all over the world had experienced similar losses. This information made its way to the United States Congress which thankfully warranted enough concern to take action. The term colony collapse disorder (CCD) was coined and a group of scientists were recruited to determine what was killing honey bees. The Hive Detectives discusses the science behind the honey bee as an animal, the dynamics within a honey bee hive, the purpose the honey bee serves in earth's ecosystem, how the honey bee's work impacts humans, and the theories/research/testing that were conducted by scientists during the CCD investigation. It also offers beautiful visuals on every page, a helpful glossary, and a list of other materials to study. Although this book is targeted to middle-grade youth, I as an adult learned quite a bit. What hit me the hardest was a renewed realization that sustainability in agricultural farming NEEDS to be common practice ASAP. If not, we will be exterminating not only the targeted species of pests that are harmful to farming but also the irreplaceable species that make farming possible. In other words, we will no longer be able to grow fresh plant-based foods which will have a domino effect that could very well exterminate human life. No, this book does not lay out the horror I just summed up - that was just what I took away from my reading experience. Unfortunately, The Hive Detectives does not offer a single conclusion, but it details a combination of factors that may be in play. If nothing else, it will get children and adults eager enough for a conclusion to go research this topic on their own. This is an example of when knowledge is power. Change needs to happen and the more people that know about it the better. My favorite quote: "Our world is a dangerous place for them [honey bees], and it will take a Herculean effort on the part of all humans - people who keep bees, people who study bees, and even people who read about bees - to see them through."
goshness More than 1 year ago
This book was written very well- the author wove plot, fact, and background knowledge together like nobody's business. I read this book for an essay I'm doing on colony collapse disorder- and started out thinking I knew everything I needed to know about the subject. But this book taught me A LOT. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a short free read book that's both factual and entertaining, no matter your age.