Celebrating New Mexico Pollinator Week
Imagine how bleak our diets would be without apples, melons, berries, carrots, broccoli, almonds, coffee, chocolate, and, dare I say it, chile. These foods and many other foods that nourish and comfort us depend on pollinating animals to reproduce, such as bees and wasps, flies, butterflies and moths, and beetles. But pollinators are threatened. Dramatic declines of pollinator species are being documented world-wide. The Sichuan Province of China is one of the world’s largest apple producers and they manage this by pollinating every flower by hand -- by human hand. The heavy use of pesticides and heribicides has eliminated the visitation of native pollinators and beekeepers refuse to bring their hives into the toxic environment.
Pesticide assault, loss and degradation of habitat, and the spread of disease and parasites are the primary threats to pollinators. But these threats can be mitigated by enhancing pollinator habitat in your backyard and changing landscape maintenance habits that may be harming.
We're getting the message out to as many people as possible by hosting an afternoon of FREE bee awareness activities on Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00am – 4:00 pm during National Pollinator Week.
- WHAT’S KILLING THE BEES?: There are many factors contributing to the decline in bees and other pollinators. Knowing how to help first requires that we know what the problem is.
- GOOD BUGS!: Who are the good bugs and how can we support them in our gardens and yards?
- ADDING BUZZ TO YOUR EVERYDAY MEALS: Whole Foods’ Healthy Eating Specialist, Erin Nelson, will give tips on using honey as a natural sweetener and tell us about its nutritional value, too.
- GET STARTED IN BEEKEEPING: Want to keep honeybees in your Albuquerque backyard? You can do it! Starter hives will be available for sale, too.
- QUEEN OF THE SUN SCREENING: The bees are disappearing—why? This amazing film, sponsored by the Open Space Alliance, explores that question.
- CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Make a native bee nest. Or make a seed ball filled with beneficial pollinator plants. See a live honeybee colony up close! Try on a beekeeper’s veil. Can you tell the difference between a pollinating fly and a bee?
Schedule of Events
- Queen of the Sun
- Build a Native Bee Nest
- Seed Balls
- Make a Planter
- Honey tasting
- Honey bees on display
10:30 am – 11:00am: What’s Killing the Bees (and Other Pollinators)? Julie McIntyre
11:00 - 11:30 am: - Who are the Pollinators? Julie Mcintyre
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Good Bugs! Attracting & Sustaining Beneficial Insects, Tess Grasswitz
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Benefits of Honeybee Products
3:00 – 4:00: Getting Started with Beekeeping, Brett Rimer