Pollinators, like bees, butterflies, some birds and others, are an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) invites local landowners to learn more about the importance of pollinators and the environmental threats they face at a free workshop on Saturday July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Terra Cotta Conservation Area’s Watershed Learning Centre, 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd., Halton Hills.
Participants will learn how they can incorporate pollinator-friendly habitats into their properties. Each participant will receive a free copy of A Landowners Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators in Ontario.
“The worrying truth is that pollinator species are declining,” said Mike Puddister, CVC Director of Restoration and Stewardship. “This can have lasting impacts to ecosystem health and local agriculture. We can tackle the problem if we work cooperatively.”
Participants will learn about the current status of some key pollinators and how to create pollinator-friendly areas in their gardens or on their farms to provide a food source for native bees. Information will also be available on constructing bee nests and limiting the use of insecticides that can cause wide-spread damage to pollinator populations. Insecticides are intended to kill unwanted insects but they often kill beneficial insects like bees.
One third of all the food we eat is produced with the help of pollinators. Close to 80 per cent of all flowering plants need insects or other animals for pollination. Without pollinators many of our favourite foods wouldn’t exist.
Pollinators include certain birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly bees.
Most familiar is the European honeybee, however there are hundreds of native bees in Ontario that pollinate. Many native bees live in solitude for only a single season before they die. They gather pollen and store it in a nest for their offspring to eat during winter. Native bees make their nests in holes within wood, hollow plant stems or in tunnels dug into the soil.
Food source depletion, destruction of nesting sites, disease and unintended insecticide poisoning all contribute to pollinator decline.
Space at the workshop is limited. Those interested are asked to register by Monday July 15 at www.creditvalleyca.ca/events or by phone at 1-800-668-5557 ext 430.
A bumblebee obtaining pollen from a common buttonbush.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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