Pollinator Celebration

Bee! I’m expecting you! Was saying Yesterday To Somebody you know That you were due— The Frogs got Home last Week— Are settled, and at work— Birds, mostly back— The Clover warm and thick— You’ll get my Letter by The seventeenth; Reply Or better, be with me— Yours, Fly. ---- poem by Emily Dickinson


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Jun 25, 2022
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


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. Learn about the many pollinators we rely on and what you can do to help pollinators continue to do all of the work that they do.  Open Space is committed to celebrating pollinators and educating our community in a safe and socially distant capacity. 

9:00am -12:00pm A Flower Celebration in the Habitat Garden

  • 9:00am & 10am - Flower ID tours. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call (505) 768 - 4950 to sign up for the walk.
  • Kids hands-on activities

9:00am -10:30am - Birds and Bees and Flowers and Trees: Native New Mexico Pollinators

Presented by Dr. Paul Polechla Ph.D., Biology professor 
Join Dr. Polechla on a walk through the Bosque and learn about all things pollinator. This will be a walk through uneven dirt trail so wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water.
Space is limited. Registration is required. Call (505) 768 - 4950 to sign up for the walk.

11:30am - Lecture - The Ins and Outs of a Honey Bee Colony
Presented by Amy Owen

Local beekeeper Amy Owen of Desert Hives will provide an in depth look at what goes on inside and outside of a honey bee colony. You will get to see live bees inside a beautiful observation hive, and will have the opportunity to taste honey from different areas of Albuquerque and surrounding areas at different seasons.

Admittedly, Amy hopes to shift your perspective from honey to the importance of these amazing creatures in our ecological and food systems. She will provide information on how to support and advocate for honey bees and other pollinators.

1:00pm - Lecture - Hooray for the Pollinating Bats of the Southwest! 
Presented by Marikay Ramsey, T&E Species Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management

The Lesser long-nosed bat, Mexican long-nosed bat, and Mexican long-tongued bat are three Neotropical species of nectar and pollen-eating bats that visit the southwestern U.S. during warm months. We’ll explore the fascinating life histories of these three bat species, including where they are found, what habitats they live in, the food that they eat, recent research, and conservation concerns. Please join us to learn about the amazing journey of the Southwest’s most captivating bats! 

2:00pm - Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
Presented By Dara Saville,

Join herbalist and native plant conservationist Dara Saville for an in-person edible and medicinal plant walk in the Traditional Garden and grounds of the Open Space Visitor Center. We'll discuss plant identification, ecological importance, harvesting, and culinary and healing uses for some of our most important wild and cultivated plants.
Space is limited. Registration is required. Call (505) 768 - 4950 to sign up for the walk.







Christine Vasquez