Albuquerque Beekeepers

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May ABQ Beeks Meeting

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May ABQ Beeks Meeting

Time: May 8, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Budagher Hall at Bosque School
Street: 4000 Learning Dr. NW
City/Town: Albuquerque
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Event Type: abq, beeks, meeting
Organized By: Abq Beeks
Latest Activity: May 8, 2018

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Event Description

BEE AWARE:  This is the 2nd Tuesday of May.

Steve Baca, works for agricultural department of NM, the Albuquerque district office, will speak about Drift Watch and the impact of herbicide and pesticide application on our bees.

John Feuerherd, will present the anticipated results of our 2017/2018 hive surveys.

Marlene Brown, will demonstrate how to split your hives for both topbar and Langstroth.  She will also demonstrate how to safely add bees to your hive using newspaper.

Please bring pens and paper as we will be writing letters to the mayor and the director of parks and recreation about creating more pollinator friendly habitats and practices in public and open spaces.  (These letters don't need to be long)

If time allows, we will have time for questions and discussion about the mite treatments we presented on last month.  

As always, bring seeds, cuttings, and transplants to share.  Our bees need foraging plants.  

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Comment by Abq Beeks on May 8, 2018 at 9:46am

Sigrid-Meetings are normally on Thursdays; however, the room we normally meet is was booked so we have had to had two months of Tuesday meetings.  

Taylor-Here is a great resource:

Comment by Abq Beeks on May 8, 2018 at 9:43am

Elizabeth-good point and we are aware of the complaints that ensued.  We are directing our focus to changing new plantings, and proposing this idea in a way that the city and workers realize the benefits to themselves and pollinators.  This wouldn't necessarily be a park, but medians, roadsides, etc.  This may bring up the same issues, but we plan to ameliorate this through public education--beginning with neighborhoods.  We recently reached out to KRQE and Lu Lu was able to get a 2+ min spot on the news.  I think you have great ideas and foresight.  You should come to meetings!  Send me a message or email if you'd like me to add you to the group.

Elizabeth Lake Comment by Elizabeth Lake on May 2, 2018 at 8:59pm

When the city build a pollinator park, many people dubbed it "weed park" and complained loudly about the aesthetics.

I don't think just saying we want pollinator space is enough; there has to be follow-up and participation in planning commissions and hearings for proposals, otherwise complaints will force parks & rec to stick with the pretty green turf (and its subsequent fertilizers and herbicides)

I thought having the landscape architect who built the pollinator park would be a good speaker for ABQBeeks so we could hear about how his efforts were NOT appreciated and learn what we should have done and what we could do so that he is not prevented from making such a space in the future.

Taylor Spence Comment by Taylor Spence on May 2, 2018 at 9:41am

Hi All, I so want to participate in this community, but cannot attend this meeting. I would love to have any cuttings or seeds of plants I should put in my garden. Could I pick them up from someone, or could you tell me what plants I should plant? Thanks!!!!

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