Bee Hotel for Wild Bees & Native Pollinators

At the City of Albuquerque Open Space, 6500 Coors NW, Albuquerque
Free

There are hundreds of wild bee species in New Mexico. These species not only pollinate wild owers, shrubs, and trees, but also edible plants, fruits, and vegetables from local farms and backyard gardens. Artist SHERI CRIDER is building a Bee Hotel structure for permanent installation at City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center near the Perennial Marsh. The hotel will serve as housing for wild solitary bees and other native pollinators, and will serve to educate visitors about these important insect populations. Insect hotels provide safe lodging for pollinators, especially during the winter, when populations can die due to weather and exposure. The public is invited to help fill the hotel with “rooms,” or materials including logs with holes, twigs, recycled wood, bamboo and cane for the pollinators to live in. This event is part of the Open Space Pollinator Week Kick-Off and Burque Bee City, USA Celebration. For more information visit: cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/bee-city-usa

This event is being held in conjunction with Cross Pollination, an exhibit at 516 ARTS, curated by Valerie Roybal, on view August 19 - November 11, 2017.