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Way to bee: ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden celebrates pollinators

Learn how pollinators contribute to the circle of life during the Pollinator Celebration at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

The event on Saturday, June 16, will feature various stations where people can find out what a pollinator is, who pollinates what, and more.

“We’re going to have a couple of tables with bee boxes and native bees and honeybees, and also we’re going to have a small comb of live bees inside observations hives,” said according to Pamela Dupzyk, education coordinator for the ABQ BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden. “They can look at the bees doing bee stuff,and that’s pulled from the hive that is in our Bugarium. We have an active beehive in the Bugarium, and we pull a comb for the event and put it back in the regular beehive after.”

Bees and butterflies come to most people’s minds when pollinators are mentioned, but there are 200,000 species of animals that act as pollinators, including birds, bats and beetles, according to city’s event page.

Pollinators contribute to the food chain. There are many different foods that would not be around if it were not for pollinators, such as fruit, honey, chocolate and vanilla, according to Dupzyk.

“This is actually National Pollinator Week. It is a whole thing throughout the (United States). The Pollinator Partnership and the U.S. Senate unanimously approved (National Pollinator Week) 11 years ago. People all over are doing events. The Pollinator Partnership is the main (group). Go to pollinator.org and you can see all the events. But there are events all over the United States everywhere from Maine, Washington, Vermont, California, the South, Michigan, everywhere, North Dakota.”

The Botanic Garden will continue pollinator awareness with its newly built butterfly pavilion.

“The (previous) butterfly pavilion had all of these butterflies,” Dupzyk said. “We are trying to bring it closer to home with more native (butterflies), not tropical. … They are all ones that can be found throughout the United States. Also there will be a lot of education on the importance of pollinators to native plants also our agriculture here and what you can do. Your actions matter. (There are) things you can do to help these pollinators right here in New Mexico. Our main goal here at the BioPark is conservation.”

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