This collaboration endeavors to: increase awareness around pollinators and their needs, support the proliferation of forage plant species and native bee habitats, connect concerned citizens with organizations to take action and work toward creating pollinator parks in South Eastern Alberta.
What can we do?
Pollinators in South Eastern Alberta
“there are 321 species of wild bees in Alberta”-GoC Status of Species report
Bumblebees of Southern Alberta (pdf from Alberta Native Bee Council)
Bumble Bee Watch (a collaborative community effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees)
Solitary Bee Information (pdf from the City of St. Albert)
Bee Identification Guide (pdf from Edmonton & Area Land Trust)
“Most well-managed landscapes can offer all a butterfly or moth needs to complete its life cycle. Butterflies and moths need a host plant for their developing caterpillars and most adults need to fuel their flight and mating with nectar from flowers. They also need sites in which to overwinter and rest. Lastly, they need areas that are free from insecticides. “
-from Xerces Society
According to local pollinator enthusiast, Dave Mackenzie, there are a few diurnal moths here that pollinate but mostly they are nocturnal so don’t do a lot of pollinating. Also, although they make great poster insects for pollination, both moths and butterflies tend to be less effective pollinators because they have no use for pollen, whereas bees seek it out!
“flies are the second most common pollinators after bees”-Prairie Pollination
Flower Flies (on the Prairie Pollination page)
“there are an estimated 7000 species in this enormous group (Ichneumonid) of wasps”-CWF
Paper Wasps (on Canadian Wildlife Federation page)
Raise your hand if you’re a handsome pollinator.
Did you know that these tiny birds eat the nectar of tubular flowers and, in the process, get pollen on their upper body, which they then carry to the next flower? Other than providing flowers for food, you can support these precious pollinators by avoiding pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and other chemicals, which negatively affect hummingbirds, and kill spider populations that provide the spider silk for hummingbird nests.