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Pollinator Celebration

The 2021 Pollinator Celebration will include several workshops and family activities.

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2021 Pollination Celebration

JUNE 12, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00pm

Join the Open Space Visitor Center in celebrating pollinators!

Why are pollinators so important?

Virtually all of the world’s seed plants need to be pollinated. This is just as true for cone-bearing plants, such as pine trees, as for the more colorful and familiar flowering plants. Pollen, looking like insignificant yellow dust, bears a plant’s male sex cells and is a vital link in the reproductive cycle.

With adequate pollination, wildflowers:

  • Reproduce and produce enough seeds for dispersal and propagation
  • Maintain genetic diversity within a population
  • Develop adequate fruits to entice seed dispersers

Learn More about pollinators from the Forrest Service

Download this poster from the Forrest Service

Poster from the Forrest Service

What is happening at the celebration

Family activities and other learning

9:00am - 12:00pm 

Tables will be set up for information gathering, learning opportunities, and hands-on crafts and activities.

  • Learn about bees with the New Mexico Beekeepers Association
  • Flower Celebration family activities with Cameron Webb at the Edge Field
  • Pollinator family activities with Open Space educators

 

Lectures and Walks

9:30am & 11:00am Edible and Medicinal plant walk

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

9:00am - 10:00am Flower Identification Walk along the Common Edge field

11:00am Lecture all about bees!

 


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Birds and Bees and Flowers and Trees: Native New Mexico Pollinators

9:00am - 10:30am
Ages 12 and older welcome!

Presented by Dr. Paul Polechla Ph.D., Biology professor at Central New Mexico Community College

As part of the Pollination Celebration, this lecture/walk focuses on the birds and bees so much more.
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.

THINGS TO BRING:
Bring a pair of binoculars if you have one.
Plenty of water for the walk through the bosque.

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Class size limited to 20 people.

Class is limited so registration is necessary.
Register for the Birds and Bees and Flowers and Trees Walk Here

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Edible and Medicinal plant walk

9:30am and 11:00am.
Ages 12 and older welcome!

Presented by Dara Saville

As part of the Pollination Celebration, this lecture/walk focuses on edible and medicinal plants.

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.

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Each class size is limited to 20 people.

Class is limited so registration is necessary.
Register for the Edible and Medicinal Walk Here

 

 

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Flower Celebration

9:00am - 10:00am
Ages 12 and older welcome!

Presented by Peter Callen

As part of the Pollinator Celebration and Flower Celebration, this lecture/walk focuses on the flowers in the Habitat Edge Garden at the Visitor Center.

Did you know that the Visitor Center has a Common Edge Habitat Field that is the habitat for many species of pollinators? Peter Callen and Cameron Weber have worked tirelessly for several years to create a garden area suitable for wildlife of all species and sizes. From the smallest butterfly to Sandhill Cranes enjoy the flowers and other plants in the edge garden. Join Peter Callen for an in-person walk and learn the identification of the flowers that grow there.

Class is limited so registration is necessary.
Register for the Flower Identification Walk Here

2020 Virtual Pollination Celebration. Peter Callen speaks about the edge field.

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Bee talk

11:00am
Ages 12 and older welcome!

Presented by Sara Simms

As part of the Pollination Celebration, this lecture focuses on bees.

Join the New Mexico Beekeepers Association in a short talk about bees and their importance as major pollinators. This is an indoor lecture but an informational table will be set up outdoors.

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Each class size is limited to 20 people.

Class is limited so registration is necessary.
Register for the Bee lecture Here

 

 


A big thank you to our supporters and sponsors!

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