Lions and Tigers and Beers, Oh My!

Thursday, January 24, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Adult Lecture Series

Location: Down the Road Brewery,199 Ashland St., Everett, MA 02179
Featured Speaker: Mel Gadd, MA Beekeeper Association's 2018 "Beekeeper of the Year"
Registration: $10 Register Here

Grab a fermented ale of choice as you join us for Zoo New England’s Conservation Lecture Series. Each month will highlight a different brewery and science or conservation project. The night will begin with a meet and greet with our animal ambassadors and then transition to a short lecture on a topic that highlights important work to save species both regionally and globally.

Featured Speaker Bio:
For over 12 years, Mel has been involved with the Essex County Beekeepers Association (ECBA) and keeping bees in Cambridge, MA. He was the Chair of the ECBA Bee School in 2015. Mel maintains 21 hives, two located in his backyard, three at schools where he works with the 1st and 5th graders as the beekeepers, and 16 hives at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, MA. Mel started a major beekeeping program at the Mass Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, both in the fields, as well as established an educational program on the bees as part of their regular program. This includes a five-week Bee School where people learn how to keep bees. Mel has been involved with some of the non-traditional types of hives (top bar & Warre hives) and has been teaching about these at a number of forums in the region. Mel also travels around the region giving talks at schools and other groups on beekeeping and its importance to us all.

Mel was named the “Beekeeper of the Year” in 2018 by the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association.



Fun Fact

At ½ in length, these pocket-sized pollinators are more than meets the eye! Do you know that honey bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat? Fruits and veggies like apples and carrots depend upon pollinators to reproduce. Let's BEE thankful for every bite!