HARVARD -- On Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Volunteers Hall at the Harvard Public Library, Ken Warchol, state apiary inspector, will address the environmental challenges that honeybees and beekeepers are facing in their hobby.

Challenges include mites, bee diseases, viruses, pests, predators and pesticides that cause 30 to 40 percent of our bees to die each year. This puts a tremendous strain on the bees and the beekeeper. It is imperative for the beekeeper to understand the inner workings of the beehive in order to give the bees a better chance of survival.

Warchol will also delve into the connection between honeybees and the environment. This talk is free and is tailored to both beekeepers and the general public. Sponsored by the Harvard Conservation Trust.