Thursday, March 16, 2017

Act now to keep our bees buzzing! Opportunity to tell Health Canada you want them to ban neonics.

Brown-belted-bumble-bee. PC Ontario Nature.
We support Ontario Nature's urgent call to action to ask Health Canada to ban imidacloprid, and save our precious bees. Here is there message:

We have an urgent opportunity to ban a harmful pesticide that is known to be detrimental to pollinators and the environment.

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is currently re-evaluating the use of imidacloprid. Imidacloprid is a commercial neonicotinoid insecticide (“neonic”) that is available on store shelves to kill insects on agricultural crops, trees, lawns, and even pet ticks and fleas.

The PMRA is taking a step in the right direction by proposing to phase-out most uses of imidacloprid over the next three to five years.

Please join Ontario Nature in supporting the phase-out, but asking the PMRA to go further faster. We need a full ban of this neonic and the phase-out should take effect immediately. The government knows this insecticide is harmful and must act now. Ontario Nature has made an easy to use form for your convenience here.

For more details from Health Canada's PMRA, visit there page here.

The proposal is open for public comment until March 23, 2017.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Paul O'Hara's Native Plants List for the Hamilton Area.

We are really lucky, here in the Hamilton area to have the talented and highly knowledgeable, Paul O'Hara to advice us on the best native plants to grow in our gardens, in order to create high-quality habitat for pollinators. Paul is a field botanist, landscape designer and native plant gardening expert. His business is Blue Oak Native Landscapes .

Paul O'Hara by the Wild Crab Apple (Malus coronaria). Photo credit, Paul O'Hara.
Paul has given us permission to share his "Notes on Native Plant Gardening in the Golden Horseshoe" on this blog. Hamilton is located on the extreme northern edge of the Deciduous Forest region of Carolinian Canada (which has 25% of Canada's  rare and endangered species, according to O'Hara).

In planting habitat for this region, O'Hara's list provides plant selections (including trees, for which is business is known for) that flower at different times, providing nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season. He also provides plant selection for winter interest.

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa): Photo credit, Paul O'Hara.

Check out his amazing plant list.  As well, Paul has started a little backyard nursery of native plants. Contact Paul to order your native plants today!