Metropolis of Albuquerque is working to extend the bee inhabitants
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque wants to become more bee-friendly and is therefore starting a project in various parks to help attract bees and other pollinators. The city recently received $ 20,000 from the state to plant flowers that will increase the bee population in local parks.
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“What you’re going to see is more color, a lot of our pollinators are colorful,” said Mark Chavez, Albuquerque City’s deputy director of parks and recreation. “You will see a change in the plants facing the road and in Xeric Park you will see a pollinator meadow,” explained Chavez.
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Quigley Park on San Pedro near Candelaria is another park that will feature new pollinator-friendly plants. They say they will replace much of the existing shrubbery in Quigley Park. Both parks will have educational signs in front of each plant so homeowners can duplicate them in their own gardens and landscapes to increase sources of nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies.
“We heard stories on the news about bees in decline, the idea of increasing the habitat and food sources for the bees,” said Steve Baca, assistant vision director for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
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The city’s park and recreation bureau will also post information about the pollination-friendly plants on their website. The city says they are expected to start planting this summer. They also say that this is just the beginning of many future pollination-friendly projects.