Adopt-A-Bee

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We are all a buzz about our third annual Adopt-A-Bee, where you get to adopt and name a native bee*! Make a bee’s summer experience unforgettable, as they hone their life skills in botanical identification, woodworking, vegetation maintenance, and end the summer with the ever so exciting Pollination Party. Join us in raising awareness of the importance of the little creatures and their contribution to our local and international food economy!

Comby-Briant

The Cactus Bee – $5

Likes – Getting down and dirty, subterranean living, prefers monogamy with prickly pear flowers, flying solo, early summer bungalow renovations, striking land development deals
Dislikes – Roommate situations, cold weather, east coast living, birds or small mammals
Open To – Experimentation with other cacti, communes, heavy-duty home excavations

WHAT YOU GET

  • Naming rights to a bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 22
Click Here To Adopt Me!

The Blue Mason Orchard Bee – $20

Likes – Communal living (especially in modern hi-rises), self-sufficiency, defined boundaries with males, a widow lifestyle, prefer “me” time, favorite season is spring, to be waited on like a real queen, hoarding dirt, turn-key living
Dislikes – A male in the house, domestic chores such as making honey or beeswax, working with others, birds and small mammals
Open To – All types of dirt collection, flirting with a variety of flora, new kinds of inter-species experiences

WHAT YOU GET

  • Naming rights to a bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • A printed photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 22
Click Here To Adopt Me!

The Leaf Cutter Bee – $55

Likes – Foraging for their young, tubular crafting, cutting circles, a sick set of abs to carry pollen, working smart not hard, the widow lifestyle for females, when spring has sprung, move-in ready living, small broods
Dislikes – Communal living, flies, ants and wasps, hands-on humans, stinging
Open To – Any cavity to lay their eggs, all forms of flora, commercial pollination work

WHAT YOU GET

  • Naming rights to a bee
  • An original art project by your bee
  • A photo magnet of your bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • A printed photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 22
  • 2 drink tickets at the Pollinator Party
Click Here To Adopt Me!

The Carpenter Bee – $100

Likes – Woodworking, the smell of sawdust, being large and in charge, keeping it mellow, agave dwelling, loving on desert and mountainous wildflowers, electrostatically-charged legs for pollen collection, sealing in eggs Flowers in the Attic style, a set it and forget it parenting technique, showing spring swagger (males)
Dislikes – Woody the Woodpecker, roommates, hands-on humans, stinging (but don’t push their buttons)
Open To – Human home destruction, dead wood, freelance commercial pollination work, communal living

WHAT YOU GET

  • Naming rights to a bee
  • An original art project by your bee
  • A photo magnet of your bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • A printed photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 22
  • 4 drink tickets at the Pollinator Party
  • A native bee nursery for your garden
Click Here To Adopt Me!

Pollinate, Celebrate

As part of your purchase you’ll receive an exclusive invite to the Pollinator Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 22! This is one party you’ll want to make a b-line to. What party would this be without locally-distilled spirit sampling? Not to mention, The Garden Bistro is hosting a molecular gastronomy bar with bee pollen and honeycomb. Let your palate explore the terroir in honey with the regional honey bar hosted by Dos Manos Apiaries.

National Pollinator Week

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. Fruits and vegetables come immediately to mind, but foodstuffs from your cup of coffee in the morning to that glass of wine with an artisanal chocolate bar at the end of the day are also the direct result of animal pollination. 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.

A bonus to your bee adoption is an exclusive invite to our Pollinator Party on Friday, June 22. The party not only promotes National Pollinator Week, but honors the work of these little winged things. We want you to get to know your bees, so meet experts in the community of beekeeping, bee habitat building, and bee knowledge.

Discuss urban beekeeping with Dos Manos Local Apiaries. They are committed to keeping bees using, natural, treatment-free methods, and being a model to show that anybody can keep bees in Tucson, if they want to. This is a great opportunity to see if backyard beekeeping is for you.

Find all pollinator-specific poetry written throughout the gardens thanks to Urban Poetry Pollinators. See all their work on Instagram and their blog.

– NEW –

Have your photo taken on our new 5-foot anatomically-correct Cactus Bee! Brought to you by Tucson Electric Power.

The bee was designed and engineered with sustainable materials by Joe Brown and Gabriel Scara

 

*We hope you can appreciate the humor and whimsy in the Adopt-A-Bee Campaign as we make no guarantees in actually being able to tell any bee apart long enough to name one (insert your bee name here). This silly campaign was created as a vehicle to inspire pollinator education and promote why the bee community it so important to our survival. We also hope you will understand that when brainstorming names for your bee you should skip anything rated over PG or containing profanity, and should keep that bee naming skill to yourself. Also, as these bees are wild and do not perform on command we make no guarantees that you can “meet your bee” or shake its tarsal claw. This is all in good fun, enjoy.