THE BIRDS & THE BEES

artwork showing two blue birds in the top left and two bees just below that with the words the birds and the bees in the top right

Duke Energy Center to host The Birds & The Bees Pop Up Markets

The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts invites you to come learn about migratory birds and bees during “The Birds and the Bees” popup markets in May. The public is invited to attend “Perch Market” May 15th and “Buzz Market” May 22nd from 12-3pm on Lichtin Plaza at the Duke Energy Center. Both markets will feature products from local makers and educational opportunities on supporting and sustaining these species. Snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase during the markets.

 

In continuing to keep downtown Raleigh buzzing, Apiopolis, a Raleigh-based beekeeping organization will install a new beehive at the Duke Energy Center on World Bee Day, May 20th. The install will be live streamed on the center’s Youtube and website. Local elementary schools have been invited to participate in naming the new queen bee, which will be announced by Raleigh’s Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Stewart during the live stream.

 

The Duke Energy Center, along with the City of Raleigh is also participating in an international Lights Outs effort to protect migratory birds that pass through our region. From April 21 through May 12 lights at the center will be turned off from 11pm-6am each night in an effort to minimize bright lights that may disorient migrating birds.

 

“We are dedicated to promoting sustainability efforts and we take pride on being intentional and thoughtful stewards of our environment,” said Kerry Painter Director/GM of the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex.  “We want these species to thrive in our community and are happy to help promote education and awareness.”

 

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has also worked with the Duke Energy Center to highlight several downtown businesses who will be featuring specialty products during the week. Residents can look for “The Birds and The Bees Citywalk” decals by local artist Mayanthi Jayawardena throughout downtown Raleigh notating participating businesses, maps will also be available online and at the markets.

Hive Installation Live Stream

                          

                           *Will go live on May 20 at 10am

Downtown Raleigh Citywalk

Participating Businesses

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance worked with the Duke Energy Center to highlight several downtown businesses who will be featuring specialty products during the week. Residents can look for “The Birds and The Bees Citywalk” decals by local artist Mayanthi Jayawardena throughout downtown Raleigh notating participating businesses. Participating businesses are also listed below and maps will be available at the markets.

     

 Downtown Raleigh Citywalk Maps

An image of maps of downtown raleigh with the words the birds and the bees downtown raleigh citywalk at the top right. there is a blue bird to the left of the text and two bees below the bird