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Burque Bee City & Pollination Celebration

Celebrating pollinators and ABQ's designation as a Bee City USA.


Jun 18, 2017
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


Join the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center and Bee City USA for a celebration of pollinators!

Kick off National Pollinator Week 2017 (June 19 to 25) with this event for all ages.

The hotel will serve as housing for wild solitary bees and other native pollinators. The hotel will also serve to educate visitors about these important insect populations. Insect hotels provide safe lodging for pollinators to live, especially during the winter, when populations can die to to weather and exposure.

The public is invited to help fill the hotel with "rooms", or materials including logs with holes, twigs, recycled wood, bamboo and cane for the pollinators to live in.

There are hundreds wild bee species in New Mexico. These species not only pollinate wildflowers, shrubs, and trees, but also edible plants, fruits, and vegetables from local farms and backyard gardens. Artist Sheri Crider will build a Bee Hotel structure for permanent installation at Open Space Visitor Center near the Perennial Marsh.

Ongoing Show

Insects Magnified Exhibit, June 1 - Oct. 1, The Open Space Visitor Center Windows Room. Artist and educator Kelly Eckel takes photographs of magnified insects as part of her process of combining these parts into hybrid compositions. The magnified images of insect wings, hairs, eyes, are wonderful in and of themselves. For this small exhibition, Eckel will be showing some of these amazing images.

Scheduled Events

Other scheduled events include:

  • Beekeeping displays and activities
  • Honey tasting
  • Educational booths
  • Kids activities
  • Pollinator-themed art exhibits
  • Permaculture workshop with Michael Reed of La Orilla Farm

About Bee City USA

Think Like A Bee, with generous support of many sponsors, including NM Beekeepers Association, has worked closely with the City Council to create a Bee City USA designation. Councilors Isaac Benton, who initiated the resolution, along with Brad Winter and their policy analysts, Rebekka Burt and Diane Dolan, co-sponsored the final resolution, which unanimously passed at City Council in August 2016.

Learn more about Bee City USA.