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.

People know that there is something they can do to help pollinators. As a result, attitudes towards a little wildness in the built environment have relaxed.

Our presentation will explain the strategy that the project is adopting to reach this goal, community engagement and education as well as policy wise.

Individual action becomes collective action, with greater impact. Homeowners and renters, faith groups that have property, adopt-a-park groups in public parks, schools and ward councillors are engaged. The project is in discussions with city planners about how we might influence the city of Hamilton to adapt a pollinator-friendly related policy in the 2018 urban Official Plan review.

Mapping the project's "pollinator sites" is ongoing and initiatives that further awareness and participation to improve biodiversity include a recently launched, "Monarch Awards" to demonstrate appreciation for gardening for nature.