P o l l i n a t o r s are the creatures that pollinate flowers. You know about bees and butterflies, but did you know that there are over 1000 species of pollinating animals in Canada? Together, the plants and their pollinators are an indispensable natural resource, and their daily work is essential for over a billion dollars worth of apples, pears, cucumbers, melons, berries, and many other kinds of Canadian farm produce.
Since 2006, significant declines in pollinator populations have been noted around the world. These beneficial animals are under pressure from loss of habitat (where they nest and eat), pests and disease, pesticides, invasive species and climate change. As pollinator populations are threatened, so too are the foods and plant products we enjoy -- dyes, essences, medicines, fibres, spices -- as well as the wild ecosystems that depend on these pollinators.
Pollinators include bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths, bats and birds (there are no pollinating bats in Canada; thank them if you're fond of tequila). Bees are the major pollinators in North America, performing over 70% of the pollination services. There are 855 species of native bees in Canada -- bumble bees, mason bees, sweat bees, leafcutting bees, mining bees, squash bees and more -- in addition to the western domesticated honey bee.
More than ever, bees need our help. And we need theirs. You C A N help. How?
Become a Bee-Friendly Farmer or Gardener Grow a Succession of Blooms from Spring to Autumn Check out our Pollinator Fedge Project Make Insect Nests Roadsides: Planting for Pollinators from Carol Dunk Celebrate and Bee Active: Events Keep an Eye out for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee Volunteer
Pollination Canada is a project under the umbrella of Seeds of Diversity Canada.
Seeds of Diversity Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to the conservation of agricultural and horticultural biodiversity for creating resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems. In partnership with government, academia, industry, and the non-profit sector, our members preserve the three basic building blocks of Canada's food system: plants, seeds, and pollinators. Seeds of Diversity Canada operates four main programs: The Canadian Seed Library Program; Pollination Canada; The Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network; and, The Heritage Seed Program.
The MISSION of Pollination Canada is to engage the public with educational awareness, coupled with meaningful actions, in the areas of citizen science, pollination ecology, as well as on-farm and garden pollinator management.