Listening to the Bees is a collaborative exploration by two writers to illuminate the most profound human questions: Who are we? Who do we want to be in the world?
Through the distinct but complementary lenses of science and poetry, Mark Winston and Renée Saklikar reflect on the tension of being an individual living in a society, and about the devastation wrought by overly intensive management of agricultural and urban habitats.
Listening to the Bees takes readers into the laboratory and out to the field, into the worlds of scientists and beekeepers, and to meetings where the research community intersects with government policy and business. The result is an insiders’ view of the way research is conducted—its brilliant potential and its flaws—along with the personal insights and remarkable personalities experienced over a forty-year career that parallels the rise of industrial agriculture.
“For those uninspired by the cotton-candy clichés of summer reading, an army of science writers stand by ready to divert you. What they are pedaling is not fluff but wonder - and a chance to pause and look at the world differently. A case in point is Listening to the Bees, a unique collaboration that features the work of Vancouver Science writer Mark Winston and Renée Saklikar, Poet Laureate for Surrey, B.C.”-
“The book is easy to dip into, like a jar of honey on the breakfast table, but something about it sticks long after the page is turned.”
“This book invites the reader to consider the nature of bees, the science behind beekeeping, and the links between humans and the natural world. Poems interspersed with history and science really highlight the way humans make sense of the world in which we live.” -Green Teacher, winter 2019