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Community gathers at annual Adopt-A-Bee event

Posted at 9:56 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 01:23:09-04

Tohono Chul held its third annual Adopt-A-Bee event Friday as part of National Pollinator Week.

The community was able to adopt their very own native southern Arizona bee.

Vira Minot adopted her bee online before heading to Tohono Chul's Pollinator Party.

She's a leaf cutter bee and I named her after a character in the office. Her name is pam beesley. I thought long and hard about that and i'm really happy about it, Minot said.

Adopting a bee doesn't mean you'll take one home with you, but you'll get a picture of it, along with naming rights.

Adoptions range from $5 to 100 dollars with the money going to Tohono Chul and their beekeeping maintenance.

Marketing Communications Director Michelle Armstrong spoke about the adoption process.

It's more whimsical, it's not literal in that sense. And we have four different levels, and those bees that we've chosen to adopt out are ones that are specific to our gardens and they help pollinate our plants, she said.

Bees can be adopted through the end of this month.

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