Katelyn Procci | August 15, 2013
Honey bees serve a critical agricultural role: They pollinate our food supply. Unfortunately, honey bees have been abandoning their colonies (known as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD) and mysteriously dying off in record numbers over the past decade. While a recent study has shed light on one of the potential causes of CCD, no one knows exactly why the honey bees keep dying.
Little Bird Games, founded by former RETRO serious game designer Lucas Blair, has just posted their newest project to Kickstarter: The Lost Bee is a children’s eBook app that will educate children about honey bees and their importance through a beautifully-illustrated story augmented with games. Children will learn about honey bees, which may stimulate an interest in science and environmental issues from an early age. Parents will also learn more about the plight of the honey bee, potentially encouraging them to take action. Game development will be guided by two sets of subject matter experts — The Xerces Society and the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University.
Little Bird is looking to raise $32,000 by September 13, 2013. If you’re interested in the project and would like more information (or would even like to back it!), please visit their project page on Kickstarter.
Visit the Kickstarter project page here: The Lost Bee
|The Lost Bee concept art – Little Bird Games|
If you’d like to read more about honey bees, I suggest checking out the following links:
- USDA: Honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder
- Bryan Walsh (Time): The Trouble with Beekeeping in the Anthropocene
- James Fenner (Guardian Express): Honey bees: Are we killing them with kindness?