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Barrie is the 30th Bee City in Canada. A bee city is a designation that connects people, places and pollinators. Our commitment is to protect and create pollinator habitat, community education and to celebrate our pollinators.
Research from around the world supports evidence that pollinator populations are declining. Climate change, pesticide use, habitat loss and disease are all contributing factors.
Pollinators create healthy ecosystems. About 80 percent of plants including flowers, trees, fruit and vegetables rely on pollination. Over one third of our diet comes from insect pollinated plants along with medicine, clothing and lumber.
There has been a lot of buzz about honey bee declination. However, when it comes to pollinators Canada is home to more than 800 native bee species, all which are declining. Other pollinators include birds, ants, flies, beetles and butterflies. Pollinators can be found in rural and urbanized areas, in fact cities play a key role for their survival. Becoming a bee city means there will be more focus on pollinator conservation within current parks and future urban planning.
Many of them do not sting. In general, bees are not out to sting people – they do so only if threatened or aggravated in some way. Among the bees species that can sting, such as bumblebees and honeybees, males are unable to do so.
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