Whether you're a chile farmer or chile lover... Whether you're a backyard gardener or a local fruit connoiseur, this week is for you. It's time to go hug a honeybee for National Pollinator Week
Councilor O'Malley donned a bee veil last week to learn about local beekeeping efforts and came on down to the hives I manage as a volunteer for City Open Space
. We tasted a golden buttery honey right off the comb and talked about how bees contribute to our local economy (seriously, you can't even ask the state question
without honeybees). For me, it was an honor to share my hives with an elected official, especially one so concerned with quality of life in our city. Here are a few photos of "beekeeper" O'Malley and her crew:
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Thanks to Councilor O'Malley, the week-long pollinator party is getting started with a honey tasting and proclamation during tonight's City Council meeting. If you're a beekeeper, friend of bees, or just a honey aficionado, come on down!
And if you can't come tonight, consider checking out these other events occuring throughout Albuquerque. And if you want to taste the 2010 Fringecrest spring vintage sometime ;-), send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 POLLINATOR WEEK EVENTS IN ALBUQUERQUE
WHO KEEPS BEES IN ALBUQUERQUE?
There are at least 80 local beekeepers in the metro area and their carefully-tended hives are tucked everywhere from Rio Rancho to the foothills and from the South Valley to Nob Hill.
Most of us keep bees as a hobby, after work at Sandia Labs, Kirtland, UNM, CNM, APS, or running our own small businesses. Some of us keep bees as a retirement obsession and others keep bees to sell honey or pollinate fruit trees. Some of us just like to hear the hum of a healthy hive in our backyard.
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR A BEE-FRIENDLY CITY
You've probably heard about the crisis
facing honeybee populations worldwide. Some blame the increased use of nicotine-based pesticides
and others call it "colony collapse disorder
." Even in Albuquerque, at least 25% of our managed bee hives have died each year recently.
Here's what you can do to help:
And yes, you can hug a honeybee ;-) Male bees, known as "drones" are stingless and very, very huggable. Well, if you're into that sort of thing.