(Twitter, Dr. Manu Saunders @ManuSaunders) “This year’s #EarthDay theme is climate action, but the Google doodle is promoting misinformation about #pollinators! I sat through 22 ‘facts’ & 50% of them were specific to honey bees…just 1 species out of literally 1000s of pollinating animals on Earth”
(CNET) To mark this year’s Earth Day, Google partnered with The Honeybee Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting bees, to construct an interactive Doodle that features a bee going about its important business of pollinating flowers. You can use your mouse to guide the bee from flower to flower, getting pollination done and unlocking cool facts about bees and their importance to sustaining life on Earth.
(Science) Could you survive a year in the life of a queen bee? A new tabletop board game challenges players to do just that, providing a surprisingly educational experience along the way. Bee Lives: We Will Only Know Summer was designed by beekeeper and librarian Matthew Shoemaker and pointedly avoids cartoonish depictions of the beloved pollinators. Its earnest attempt to portray realistic hive dynamics will delight players as they attempt to weather the challenges faced by honey bee colonies season after season.
(Digital Trends) Fans of Minecraft have a new update to their gaming world: bees. Introducing the new mob should help millions of Minecraft players learn to understand and love what these little insects do for our planet.
(IGN) TBR Editor: Don’t get hung up on the author’s ignorance of bees. The game creator seems reasonably knowledgeable. And the game itself is… well… educational-ish?