Adopt-A-Bee, receive exclusive invite to the Pollinator Party

Adopt-A-Bee, receive exclusive invite to the Pollinator Party
(Source: Tohono Chul Park)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Everyone is abuzz about Tohono Chul's third annual Adopt-A-Bee, where you get to adopt and name a native bee!

Tohono Chul's passion for preservation and conservation comes through in their Adopt-A-Bee campaign. This fun and quirky program engages people in the Tucson community and throughout the United States. Adopt-A-Bee was created not only to increase the awareness of the various native bee species in Southern Arizona, but also to promote the importance of bees as they sustain the local and international food economy. Their gardens rely heavily on a plethora of bee species to facilitate plant pollination, whether it's for food sourcing from the Ethnobotany Garden, for the surrounding grounds featuring native plants, or to sustain products for their Retail Greenhouse. Adopt and name your bee today on their website at tohonochul.org/bee

A bonus to your bee adoption is an exclusive invite to their Pollinator Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 22. Beyond enjoying the regional honey bar by Dos Manos Apiaries, samples of locally-distilled mead, and molecular gastronomy with bee pollen and honeycomb by the Garden Bistro, they want you to get to know your bees. Discuss urban beekeeping with Dos Manos Local Apiaries, as they are committed to keeping bees using, natural, treatment-free methods, and being a model to show that anybody can keep bees in Tucson. This is a great opportunity to see if backyard beekeeping is for you. A new addition this year the chance to have your photo taken on a 5-foot anatomically-correct Cactus Bee.

The party not only promotes National Pollinator Week, but honors the work of these little winged things. National Pollinator Week (June 18-24, 2018) highlights bats, birds, butterflies and bees for their contribution that ensures the survival of our terrestrial ecosystems. It is estimated that 90% of all flowering plants depend on animal pollinators to help them reproduce and that includes about 35% of the world's food crops – consider that one bite in three at the dinner table depends on animal pollinators. In fact, in the United States, the pollination services provided by honey bees and other insects directly impact 150 different food crops and result in $20 billion worth of agricultural products each year.

Tohono Chul hopes you will appreciate the humor and whimsy in the Adopt-A-Bee project, as they make no guarantee in actually being able to tell any bee apart long enough to name one (insert your bee name here). This silly campaign was created to inspire pollinator education, including raising awareness about why the bee community is so important to our survival.

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