Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Restoring Resilience: Big Impacts Across Small Spaces Forum 2016

We are so excited to be participating in Carolinian Canada Coalition and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council's 2016 Forum, Restoring Resilience:Big Impacts Across Small Spaces Forum 2016.
From the event page:
“Restoring Resilience: Big Impacts Across Small Spaces” will focus on recovering ecosystem health at all scales, from backyards to landscapes, in the context of changing climate, biodiversity loss, invasive species, and the growing disconnect between society and nature. The conference will bring together 350-plus conservation practitioners and interested laypeople from across Ontario to connect with those working in the fields of invasive plants and ecosystem recovery, spreading the word on exciting new projects, innovations, and accomplishments. Building on the eloquent message of our keynote speaker, Doug Tallamy, in his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” the event will especially emphasize “the why and the how” of restoring native biodiversity and habitat in the cities, towns and settled landscapes of Ontario.
The Pollinator Paradise Project will be there to speak about the work we are doing to build a pollinator corridor across the city of Hamilton.
Lubmila Shkoda, photo credit.
Urban environments have the potential to support large numbers of pollinators.

The research is increasingly showing that residents in urban areas like Hamilton can play a major role in ensuring pollinators survive. Our project is an initiative that is based on this sort of research, and is designed to achieve high-priority species conservation.

According to the Urban Pollinators Project (Bristol University), half of Germany’s entire bee fauna have been found in Berlin, 35% of British hoverfly species were sampled in a single Leicester garden and honeybees produce more honey in urban Birmingham than in the surrounding countryside.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Pollinators Need Your Voice: Tell the Province Your Greenbelt Includes Habitat.

The thing about pollinators is that they can't speak for themselves. If they could, they would tell you how much they appreciate habitat in which to feed, live and reproduce.

They would tell you too many of their numbers are dwindling, due to lose of habitat and other factors like pesticides and climate change.

These ethereal creatures, from whose labour we benefit from a thousand-fold, would tell you that they need what habitat is left to be protected. And now we have a chance to do just that!

Here's how:
Fortunately, the province of Ontario wants to hear from you how it can improve the Greenbelt. They are seeking your comments concerning proposed changes to the Greenbelt Plan (along with the 3 other land-use plans) up until October 31st.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, natural heritage/habitat, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable.

Right now, the Greater Golden Horseshoe area is under extreme pressure from developers who want to take out land from the Greenbelt.