Pollinator Awareness Day: Bees, Bats, and Butterflies
BEES, BATS & BUTTERFLIES: POLLINATOR AWARENESS DAY
Celebrating National Pollinator Week
WHERE: Open Space Visitor Center | 6500 Coors Blvd NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. between Montaño and Paseo del Norte
WHEN: June 22 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Imagine how bleak our diets would be without apples, melons, berries, carrots, broccoli, almonds, coffee, chocolate, and, dare I say it, chile. Over 1,000 plants we use on a daily basis for food and other resources such as fiber and medicine depend on pollinating animals to reproduce.
Common pollinators include 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 them.
Join us for FREE pollinator awareness activities on Sunday, June 22nd from 10:00am – 3:00 pm during National Pollinator Week.
Family activities include:
- Make pollinator plant seed balls
- Visit Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Life Cycle display
- Learn about monarch butterflies
- Make a native bee house
- Watch live bees
- Taste local honey
- Pollinator plant giveaways courtesy of NRCS/NMSU Los Lunas Plant Materials Center
- Put on a beekeeping suit and have your photo taken
- Make rolled beeswax candles
- Visit the bee yard
- Learn the basics of beekeeping
- Talk to beekeepers
10:30 AM: Butterfly Life Cycle, Wings of Enchantment
11:30 AM: Bats as Pollinators, William Gannon, Biologist, UNM
1:00 PM: Mead Making, Phil Grosfblatt
2:00 PM: Basics of Beekeeping
Visit http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/events for program updates.
This program organized by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division and sponsored by the Open Space Alliance.