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‘Ding’ Darling film series explores bee buzz

By Staff | Jan 17, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED “Queen of the Sun” goes into the beehive.

The eighth annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series will continue its biweekly showings today, Jan. 22, with “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” at 1 p.m. in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

Taking viewers on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and into the mysterious world of the beehive, the film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world in an engaging and ultimately uplifting tale.

Selection and award winner in film festivals from Nashville to Abu Dhabi, the 82-minute documentary follows colorful, alternative and inspiring beekeepers as they keep bees in natural and holistic ways.

For the showing, the Nature Store will feature bee products like local honey and eco-friendly Bee’s Wrap waxed food wrappers. Store profits benefit wildlife research and education at the refuge.

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free showings in the Visitor & Education Center, with sponsorship from the Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

The season’s remaining schedule is as follows:

– Feb. 5: “Water & Power: A California Heist”

– Feb. 19: “BLUE”

– March 4: “Ghost Bird”

– March 18: “The Swamp”

– April 1: “Bird of Prey”

All films begin at 1 p.m.

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.