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The power of pollinators

A swallowtail takes a sip on a butterfly bush at the BioPark Botanic Garden during a special event Sunday featuring the bees, birds, bats and butterflies that pollinate flowering plants. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)
A swallowtail takes a sip on a butterfly bush at the BioPark Botanic Garden during a special event Sunday featuring the bees, birds, bats and butterflies that pollinate flowering plants. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)
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To celebrate National Pollinator Week, a salute to the birds, bats, butterflies, beetles and other animals that pollinate nearly one third of the food we eat, the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden on Sunday offered a monarch butterfly display, discovery stations and experts to share their knowledge of these crucial creatures.

The week, which concluded Sunday, is an international event. Here in the U.S., some species of pollinators have shown a decline of as much as 90 percent of their population in the last decade.

Tatia Veltkamp with the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Farm shows Inga Colasurdo, 5, of Albuquerque how to feed a monarch butterfly at the BioPark Botanic Garden during the “pollinator celebration” Sunday morning. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)

Tatia Veltkamp with the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Farm shows Inga Colasurdo, 5, of Albuquerque how to feed a monarch butterfly at the BioPark Botanic Garden during the “pollinator celebration” Sunday morning. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)

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