ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center and the New Mexico Beekeepers Association are gearing up for the Burque Bee City and Pollination Celebration, which is set for June 18.
Amy Owen, a Beekeepers Association board member, said a specially made a "bee hotel" is in the works.
"Its initiative is just to make ABQ more friendly to pollinators," she said.
The Father’s Day event will give visitors an opportunity to learn about bees in their own environment – a pollinator’s paradise, which has been meticulously maintained by beekeeper volunteers.
"We want to raise awareness so that people know we do need to be good stewards of the bees, so that we have a healthy environment," Owen said.
Local artists will build the bee hotel, which will provide a safe shelter during the colder months.
"516 Arts the the Sanitary Tortilla Factory have provided the staff to build the structure for the bee motel which will be installed here," said Kent Swanson with the Open Space Visitor’s Center.
The public will be invited to fill the hotel with "rooms" made of simple twigs and logs for the bees to live in. For more information on the Burque Bee City and Pollination Celebration, click here.