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the New DDT?



Your plants could be poisoning bees instead of helping them.


Be sure the plants you use for your pollinator patch have not been treated with neonicotinoids. Many growers of bedding plants use neonicotinoids for insect control.



Buzz Pollination

a neat video showing buzz pollination by bumblebees



New Scottish Study

Scottish study tells of effects of neonicotinoid exposure on brains of bees.


Great site by CANPOLIN for farmers and gardeners alike. Best Practices.



Pollinator Patches


Our Pollinators

Bees and their Troubles

What Others Are Doing



Funding for our Project

BEAN -- the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network funded the purchase of the plants for the first Pollinator patch.


TD Friends of the Environment Foundation assisted with the first printing of the guide.



Roadsides: Planting

for Pollinators



Roadsides is a program that encourages you to create habitat for native bees and other pollinators along roadsides, on cloverleafs, on unused urban land and in your garden. The little habitats created by volunteers like you are called Pollinator Patches.

Photo: R. Colville


Our native bees need our help.

Pollinators are in trouble -- not just European Honey bees but our native bees as well. Their troubles begin with pests and diseases, continue with habitat loss and are finally topped by our use of pesticides such as Neonicotinoids.


You and I can improve the situation by creating a pollinator patch in our community.


Download the guide to creating a Pollinator Patch

By planting Pollinator Patches along our roads and in our unused land, we can provide spaces for our native pollinators to live and breed. It's all about pitching in and doing something. Pollinator Patch won't make a big difference, but just imagine if we planted hundreds and even thousands of patches across our province. What an impact we could make!

The first Pollinator Patch was created in 2010. The progam has grown to include plantings across the province. The next pollinator patch should be yours.

Residents and the City of Barrie are doing their part to add pollinator habitat to the urban scene. Volunteers in Barrie, Ontario, planted native plants for pollinators along a section of a walking trail. Next year, another section will be planted

planting on slope

Volunteers in Barrie planting for pollinators. Photo by Toni Blakelock


Ta Da....


a great TED talk about bees by Marla Spivack



a very good video about the Plight of Bees-- A TED_Talk



Also see a video of native bees in a school ground. The children have named them "Tickle Bees."