Pickering Aims to Boost Pollinator Population

Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

The Pickering Rotary Club collaborated with the City of Pickering, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), and SoRo Good Neighbours on the installation of pollinator habitats in Rotary Frenchman’s Bay West Park this past weekend.

The timing couldn’t be better, as studies indicate the bee population in North America is in a state of decline. Bees are essential for the healthy growth of natural plant communities, and most notably, food producing plants.

“We at the Pickering Rotary Club are proud to take an active part with the City of Pickering, the TRCA, and SoRo Good Neighbours to ensure that important issues such as the declining bee population can be addressed. We are hoping that this type of project can be repeated throughout the province and indeed all over the world,” said Perry Halls, Pickering Rotary Club.

The pollinator population is vital, but so is public safety, which is why habitats are designed to attract only solitary, non-aggressive, pollinators to lay eggs. Solitary bees do not swarm, do not defend nests, and do not demonstrate typical colony behavior generally associated with bees. Various municipalities are establishing these habitats because of the ecological importance of a thriving bee population for healthy plant life.

“Pollinators play such an important role in maintaining a sustainable environment and food system, so it is a priority for us to take action with an environmentally conscious and responsible community initiative,” said Mayor Dave Ryan.

Pickering resident, Dan Belley, constructed the units with the help of Dunbarton High School, who has built them in previous years.The maintenance of these habitats is minimal and is only necessary once a year. Also, the structure is placed on top of a large pole to deter vandalism. Because the cleaning duties are easily manageable, the Rotary Club can focus on more enhancements including an educational interpretive sign and planting a pollinator supportive garden, which is scheduled for the fall.

For more information, visit pickering.ca.

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As the gateway city to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. Pickering is an affluent community that is steeped in history, natural beauty and small town charm with all the amenities and services that a big city has to offer. The City of Pickering is considered a municipal leader in fiscal management, service delivery, sustainability and the environment; and offers a wealth of sports, leisure and recreation opportunities to its residents. Pickering has been recognized by Profit magazine as one of the ten best cities in Canada for growth companies and received the 2008 FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Planning Award.

Media Contact:
Chantal Whitaker
Coordinator, Sustainability l City Development
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cwhitaker@pickering.ca