An amazing thing happened last August 2016.
Burque Bee City, a resolution to support and protect bees and all pollinators passed unanimously at the Albuquerque City Council. Co-sponsored by Councilors Brad Winter and Isaac Benton, they said that the one thing that made this possible was the bi-partisan support that was laid. It took a year to build this foundation, working across all party lines. It was a meticulous effort. Somedays it was just plain messy. Kudos to all the New Mexico beekeepers and many volunteers who reached across the aisle to contact every single city councilor, policy analyst and multiple officials at City Hall.
Now we need your help.
As you know, it takes a village to raise a child. Burque Bee City is still an infant and will need pollinator protectors in every neighborhood, co-op, city hall, household, school and congregation to make it a reality. Here’s a few things you can do to make this happen:
Become a pollinator friendly Neighborhood! Call CABQ Dalaina Carmona @ 924-3914 to find out your city neighborhood district and President. In our city you have the power to create pesticide free and pollinator habitat zones in your neighborhood. Call CABQ #311 and request a spray free zone around your house. Here’s what the Burque Bee City resolution says:
Whereas, communities have the opportunity to support bees and other pollinators on both public and private land through pesticide free zones; working in collaboration with city officials to manage and increase healthy native habitat for pollinators—including, but not limited to roadsides, medians, open spaces and parks.
Start a pollinator garden in your neighborhood. Let us know so we can post it on our new website! https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/bee-city-usa We want to collect your stories and toot your horn!
Come out to the first citywide celebration of Burque Bee City. It will be held in conjunction with City of Albuquerque at Open Space, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, June 18, 2017, 9am-2pm. Enjoy all things pollinator-friendly, which include moths, bees, butterflies, bats and birds as pollinators. Games and activities for children, music for the family, cutting the ribbon for Burque Bee City.
*like* us on Facebook. Go to Burque Bee City or Think Like A Bee and begin to follow us to learn more about the ways you can get involved and all things bees happening right here in Albuquerque.
We have the opportunity to make New Mexico unique with Burque Bee City. It is a first of its kind in the southwest—a New Mexico True event! We have the power to create the kinds of neighborhoods we want to live in—communities that celebrate pollinator health and create the kind of planet we want for our children and grandchildren.
For any information or Burque Bee City support, contact Anita @ 505-514-4982, [email protected]