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Pollinators Week

Updated: Jun 21

The 5 Ws - Who, What, When, Where, Why

Figure 1. A honey bee on a yellow daisy.

Who are pollinators?

Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds and other insects are all considered pollinators. Pollinators are very diverse. 

What are pollinators?

The role of a pollinator is an organism who collects male flower and/or tree pollen and transports the pollen to female flowers, in order for the plant to reproduce and create more flowers.

When are pollinators?

Following the Canadian season, pollinators begin their job at the beginning of spring and continue throughout the whole summer.

Where are the pollinators?

Pollinators are global! Any place around the world with flowers, plants, and trees pollinators are near. From across the country to your very own backyard!

Figure 2. A peacock butterfly laying on wild flowers.

Why do we need to protect pollinators?

Pollinators are the foundation to our ecosystem. They increase the amount of plants and trees populated in an area and bring a diverse range to the environment. With the large variety, many different animals can inhabit an area, including us.

They are the very reason the world goes 'round. We rely on our bees, wasps, bats, butterflies, and other insects for our food supply, to breathe, shelter, etc. To help our pollinators, avoid using pesticides on lawns. Plant a variety of native flowers, trees, bushes all in different colours and shapes in your yard. Did you know, bees are attracted to blue, purple, yellow, and white flowers! Bee baths and nesting grounds add a nice touch to your yard. Another way to help out beyond the warmer season is by leaving natural debris for hibernation. Lastly let them bee!

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