GLENDALE, Ariz. — Editor's note: The above video aired during a previous broadcast.
You might not know it, but Friday is World Bee Day: a day to celebrate the fuzzy bugs responsible for pollinating over 130 different kinds of fruits and vegetables.
With beekeeping season kicking off, Tanger Outlets Phoenix is doing its part to protect honeybees in the urban Valley environment.
The outlets are partnering with Alvéole, a social beekeeping company, to install honeybee hives and habitats on top of their storefront in Glendale.
“We are eager to begin this exciting new season with our winged residents,” said Tanger Outlets Phoenix Marketing Director Kate Hansen in a press release on Thursday.
“These upcoming workshops and hive visits will be an engaging way to teach our shoppers and team members about the vital part honeybees play in our community’s ecosystem,” Hansen said.
If you're worried about getting stung: don't be!
Beekeeper Amanda Harder will be holding a variety of hands-on events and workshops to teach families all about these important pollinators. It's a great opportunity to learn about the environmental impacts and benefits of urban beekeeping.
If you want to know more about what these bees are up to, you can visit their online profile here to see how the hive is doing, how far the bees are foraging, and check out photos, videos, and upcoming beekeeper visit dates.
The hive's installation is scheduled for May 26 at 8:00 a.m.
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