The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting a series of educational pop-up markets called The Birds and The Bees this month. And no, it’s not about that.
They’ll be educating visitors about migratory birds and bees with both educational activities and local makers that support and sustain these species.
“We are dedicated to promoting sustainability efforts and we take pride on being intentional and thoughtful stewards of our environment,” said Kerry Painter, director and general manager 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.”
A Perch Market will take place from noon to 3 p.m., May 15. A Buzz Market is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m., May 22. Both will take place on Lichtin Plaza at the Duke Energy Center. Snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase during the markets, according to the release.
As part of the efforts, Apiopolis, a Raleigh-based beekeeping organization will install a new beehive at the Duke Energy Center on World Bee Day, May 20th. Local elementary schools have been invited to participate in naming the new queen bee, which will be announced by Raleigh’s Mayor Pro Tem Corey Branch during the live stream, according to the release.
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, the release says. From April 21 through May 12, lights at the center will be turned off from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night in an effort to minimize bright lights that may disorient migrating birds.
More information is on the Duke Energy Center’s website. The center is at 2 East St. in Raleigh.