Pollination Guelph is a volunteer-run, registered charity located in Guelph. It was formed in 2009 in response to evidence of a decline in North America (and elsewhere in the world) in the number and variety of pollinating insects, especially native bees and butterflies. This decline impacts the sustainability of the natural environment and puts at risk the security of our food supply. Did you know that 25-30% of our diet is dependent on pollination?
We aim to raise awareness and understanding of pollinators, the threats they face, and what citizens and governments can do to support and conserve these essential creatures. Pollinators face many challenges, such as indiscriminate use of pesticides, new and exotic diseases, and the effects of climate change. However, a major cause of their decline is the loss of habitat; places that are a source of food for adults (pollen and nectar) and larvae (leaves of certain plants) and also offer safe locations to rest, nest and overwinter. Pollination Guelph and our volunteers are devoted to planting and maintaining pollinator habitat around the City of Guelph and teaching others how to landscape or garden with the needs of pollinators in mind.
Public Education Activities
Our public education activities take many forms. You will find our information booth stocked with books, handouts and interesting displays at many fairs and events that celebrate gardening or the natural environment. The Pollination Guelph website has a wealth of resource materials with current information to learn about pollinators and how to protect them and their habitat.
Each year we organize a one-day conference called The Pollination Symposium intended for the general public as well as professionals in the field. A variety of speakers bring research updates and information on what is being done elsewhere in the province to help pollinators. This year marks the 12th Annual Pollination Symposium, it will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019. We are very pleased to have RLB as one of the sponsors of the event. Interested? Register on our website!
Pollination Guelph does not own any land but collaborates with many organizations in the community who make space available to us to plant pollinator habitat. Our partners include the City of Guelph with whom we have collaborated to plant pollinator gardens in a variety of locations such as the Riverside Park and at the Emergency Response Centre on Clair Road. We have also partnered with Guelph Hydro to create a pollinator garden in the drainage swale within their parking lot and we have collaborated with Ignatius Jesuit Centre to replant a garden for pollinators. In addition, we are advising local businesses on landscaping their sites for pollinators. Our most significant collaboration has been with Hospice Wellington where, over a period of six years and with major funding from The Gosling Foundation, we have installed 8,500 sq. ft. of shrubs, grasses and flowering perennials that provide habitat for pollinators.
With no paid staff, none of this could have been done without the volunteers who serve on the board of directors and committees, help with administration, create educational and publicity materials, assist at our information booth, and help to design, install and maintain our demonstration gardens and plantings. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information on how to get involved, please see our website.
Despite our reliance on volunteers to get the job done, Pollination Guelph needs funds to pay for supplies and materials, especially plants, soil and mulch. If you would like to support what we are doing to create habitat for pollinators, birds and other wildlife, please make a donation through Canada Helps on our website www.pollinationguelph.ca or mail a cheque to:
18 Karen Avenue
Article written by: Clare Irwin, Pollination Guelph