This September the North Foyer of the Museum will be a hive of activity with the installation of a new interactive display highlighting the iconic Green Carpenter Bee, extinct on mainland South Australia and now due to the recent bushfires, endangered on Kangaroo Island.
The interactive uses data gathered by South Australian Museum Honorary Researcher and bee expert, Dr. Remko Leijs, to create 50-year simulations of the Green Carpenter Bee population. Following the steps on the interactive, visitors can see past fire history events, change and add parameters such as climate condition, add artificial nests and perform fuel reduction burns to see how their impact could potentially increase the abundance of these bees. The display will also include a life-size model of the bees’ habitat which demonstrates the lifecycle and conservation efforts being taken to save this very special species from extinction. Watch this space!
Bee Ecology is supported by the Department for Environment and Water.
Additional support has been provided by the Wheen Bee Foundation.