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Plants for Pollinators- Manitoulin-Lake Simcoe Ecoregion
your own Pollinator Garden
Species in the Lake Simcoe Watershed
Assessment Guide for PollinatorsIs your business or organization bee friendly?
Is your school bee friendly?
Is your business or organization bee friendly?
Native Plants for Pollinators
The Importance of Pollinators (Gwen Petreman)
A Bee City is a designation that connects people, places, and pollinators. Our commitment is to protect and create pollinator habitats, provide community education, and celebrate our pollinators. Becoming a Bee City means there will be more focus on pollinator conservation within current parks and future urban planning.
A pollinator is anything that transports pollen grains from one flower to another. This includes bees, birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, and beetles. Other animals, even people, can also act as indirect pollinators if they brush up against pollen and transport it to another flower. When a pollen grain moves from the anther (male part) of a flower to the stigma (female part), pollination happens. This is the first step in a process that produces seeds, fruits, and the next generation of plants. This can happen through self-pollination, wind, and water pollination, or through the work of animals or insects.
Canadian pollinators include more than 800 native bee species and other bugs that can be found in both rural and urbanized areas, with cities playing a key role in their survival.
Pollinators create healthy ecosystems by pollinating about 80 per cent of plants including flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables, which provide products for people such as food, medicine, clothing, and lumber.Research from around the world supports evidence that pollinator populations are declining. Climate change, pesticide use, habitat loss, and disease are all contributing factors.
The City of Barrie has been active in creating pollinator spaces:
In 2020, The City added a low-impact development (LID), a bioretention cell, to the Victoria Woods Park parking lot (114 Lillian Crescent). The LID looks like a typical garden feature that contains native grasses and flowers that provide a habitat for bees and butterflies. It also captures rainwater runoff from the parking lot and filters the water to remove sediment and phosphorus that is harmful to our streams and lakes. The City worked with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority (LSRCA), using a grant to fund the project. For information on bioretention cells, visit the LSRCA's website .
This program that ran between 2015 and 2017, aimed to enhance Monarch butterfly habitat in Barrie, raise awareness about this issue, and inspire national efforts to increase habitat for Monarch butterflies across Canada. It included a dedicated webpage and promotion summarizing facts and benefits regarding monarch butterflies, milkweed seeding for city projects, and at schools.
The City has removed the use of cosmetic pesticides from our operations.
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.
Do not disturb the nest. If you are close to the nest, move away slowly. Observe any activity from a safe distance. You may only see one or two bees, but there could be more inside. Take note of the location of the nest and the level of activity. If the nest is located on city property, contact
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