Buzz in the Blizzard!

In the wake of Winter Storm Jonas, it’s been easy to chill – especially in the D.C. Metro area, where the final height of snowfall nearly reached two feet! It’s been five days since the snowstorm, and many on the eastern coast of the U.S. are struggling to recuperate from the chaotic aftermath: unplowed streets, cancelled classes, and more.

If you have two hours to spare in between shoveling sidewalks, completing homework, and waiting for the District to rebound, you may want to check out one of several documentaries on Netflix that concern honeybees! We’ve listed three below – two of which cover the concept of Colony Collapse Disorder, and one that features the famous Burt of Burt’s Bees.

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More Than Honey

-Netflix description: They help us in more ways than we know. But these industrious insects are disappearing right under our noses. / Already hailed as a definitive work on the subject, this comprehensive documentary examines the disappearance of honeybee populations worldwide.

-1 hour & 35 min

-Released: 2012

-This documentary thoroughly discusses beekeeping around the world, CCD, and how beekeepers are grappling with it.

-Pro: Breathtaking cinematography, and exposure to those internationally engaged in various occupations surrounding honeybees!


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Vanishing of the Bees

-Netflix description: Bees are dying and we don’t know why. Happy? Hold on. Their stings may be history, but so will pollen. And our food. / This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a puzzling phenomenon: a dwindling world honeybee population.

-1 hour & 27 min

-Released: 2009

-This documentary is mostly about CCD and its effect on the world – now, and in the near and projected future.

-Pro: Narrated by renowned actress Ellen Page!



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Burt’s Buzz

-Netflix description: Burt’s Bees really does have a Burt. He likes things nice and simple, and isn’t a mogul. Not that he wants you to know. / Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, maintains a reclusive, low-key life in rural Maine — and a complex relationship with his famous company.

-1 hour & 28 min

-Released: 2013

-This documentary interviews the late Burt of Burt’s Bees, who quietly discloses details about himself, his life, and his company.

-Pro: Learn about the legendary, modest man, his fascinating journey to international recognition, and his opinions about his publicity!


Our hiatus from updating has ceased, and we thank you for your patience. Keep checking GW Buzz for more apiary updates and general posts! We hope you enjoyed this blog post, and do check out these documentaries if you have the time and the means.

Stay warm and safe out there, wherever you are!


Gabrielle and the GW Buzz team

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