9:30AM - 11:30AM // Cozby Library and Community Commons
2PM // Cozby Library and Community Commons
6PM - 9PM // 2nd Floor Conference Room
9AM - 10AM // Life Safety Park
3PM // Cozby Library and Community Commons
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At 10:00 am Saturday, January 20, the Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) will host "Benefits of Bees" at the Biodiversity Education Center (BEC) in Coppell Nature Park. If bees didn't exist in our world today, it would look like a very different place – and our lives wouldn't be nearly the same. These industrious insects have been around for roughly 125 million years and although bee numbers are sadly declining, the remaining survivors continue to act as invaluable resources to our planet in numerous ways. Bee hobbyist Bruce Crozier will be talking about this fascinating insect. Admission is free. "We will discuss why bees are different from other insects and bugs," said Crozier. "Plus, we will look at their hives and the threats to bee populations today. We will also discuss Africanized Bees and their migration into Texas." In 1901, the publication The Southland Queen reported that 150,000 bee colonies existed in Texas. The numbers today are a little different indeed. The Texas Master Gardener Association reports "native bees, which pollinate hundreds of plants, are declining. Texas has hundreds of species of native bees, many of which never have been scientifically studied. Like their domesticated cousins, they have been hit hard in recent years. Urban sprawl has chewed up their habitat, and the increasing use of pesticides has reduced their numbers." FCNP is a 501(c) (3), non-profit corporation committed to supporting Coppell Nature Park (CNP) through fund raising, publicity, community education and volunteer park maintenance. The Foundation is directed by dedicated Coppell citizens and acts as a mentor for the volunteerism of hundreds of families and students. FCNP commits its annual budget to the development, maintenance and environmental education programs at CNP and the BEC. Coppell Nature Park is situated at 367 Freeport Parkway on the west side of Coppell. The Biodiversity Education Center is only open to the public during center program offerings. Further information about CNP and FCNP is available at coppellnaturepark.org.