Pollinator Awareness Project
Our food supply depends on insect pollinators to efficiently transform flowers into fruit and seeds. While the (non-native) honey bee is indisputably the most utilized pollinator species, this has led to an over-reliance on honey bee populations for pollination. Honey bees colonies have struggled during the past few decades with parasites, diseases, pollution, pesticide exposure, and the stresses of transportation to and from farm fields and orchards. The year 2007 marked a 30% loss of Canadian honey bees and about that rate of loss has occurred in every year since (CANPOLResearch).
Alternative pollination systems and strategies must be introduced that diversify the pollinator species upon which the food system depends. The Rondeau Watershed and the greater Chatham-Kent area is mostly rural-agricultural and contain some of the most important agricultural lands in Canada. There are over 800 known native species of bees in Canada, plus many pollinating flies and other insects which can do this important work. Our project aims to raise awareness about these native pollinators, as well as attempt to conserve them and their habitat.
Some of our present major program partners and supporters