PEEC Invites Community To Join In Take Wing Week

Donald Enemark stands with his top bar bee hives. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is pleased to invite the community to join in Oct. 13-19 for Take Wing Week.

In honor of the new nature center, which opens next spring and some say is shaped like a dragonfly, PEEC is hosting a week of free or nearly free programs all about things that fly. There will be talks by experts, and a special movie screening at the Reel Deal Theater. The culmination of Take Wing Week will be PEECnic on Sunday, Oct. 19 – a fun-filled and free afternoon of activities, desserts, live music and more.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 will be all about bees. In a program at 7 p.m. at PEEC, Donald Enemark will demonstrate a simpler way of raising bees, called Top Bar, which is used widely in countries such as Kenya. The hives are easily made from scrap wood and at very little cost. Enemark will show how they are made and manager, including a video of one in operation. This program is free, and no advance registration is required.

Relf Price will talk about dragonflies and damselflies, such as this one. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

On Wednesday, Oct.15, Relf Price will present “Silver-Winged Acrobats of the Sky” at 7 p.m. at PEEC. Price will give a non-technical talk on the amazing lifestyles of dragonflies and damselflies. He will share dramatic photographs and fun tidbits about the life cycle and reproductive process of these wonderful creatures, and he will demonstrate how to catch dragonflies without a net. This program is also free, and no advance registration is required.

On Thursday, Oct. 16, PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater are pleased to present a special screening of A Birder’s Guide to Everything. This is a touching film for all ages, about a 15-year-old birding fanatic who thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. There will be a special introduction by local birder Hari Viswanathan, who will briefly recount his own birding discovery of a lifetime. The movie takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Reel Deal Theater Tickets will be available at the door and cost $9 for adults and $6 for children.

Take Wing Week will culminate in a fun and free party 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at PEEC. Dubbed “PEECnic,” this event is traditionally the annual PEEC membership meeting, but it’s always open to the public and it’s always a great time. This year’s PEECnic will be special, because it will be the last one at PEEC’s current location at 3540 Orange Street. Next year’s PEECnic will take place at the new nature center currently being constructed on Canyon Road.

This year’s PEECnic will including a PEEC-to-PEEC hike (from the current location to the new location), a dessert buffet, activities, contests, prizes, an auction of special items and experiences, live music by the Craig Martin Experience and much more.

For more information about these programs, visit, call 505.662.0460, or email