To make Hamilton a paradise for pollinators by planting corridors of milkweed and wildflowers in our public parks and around our homes.
Our goal is to build a "pollinator highway,"an uninterrupted haven of native plants that will provide food and shelter for pollinators across the city of Hamilton, On.
WHO WE ARE
The Pollinator Paradise Project is a collaborative initiative between Environment Hamilton and the Hamilton Naturalists' Club with support from the Edith H Turner Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation. It works with the community to create pollinator habitat corridors across the City by planting milkweed and other wildflowers. It also shares information and resources about why pollinators are in trouble and what other actions people can take. By creating habitats that are full of wildflowers across the City we will also be beautifying neighbourhoods and increasing neighbourhood pride.
Pollinators are in search of a quick sip of nectar, some tasty pollen and maybe some building materials to take back to their nests. All the while, they are pollinating flowers, which allows for fertilization, which then creates beautiful flowers and healthy food.
Pollinator populations are declining for several reasons, including habitat loss and the use of chemical herbicides and insecticides. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to help! This includes:
· Creating habitat in your backyard
· Using organic and safe alternatives to harmful chemical herbicides and pesticides
Creating Pollinator Paradise
We can help pollinators by creating habitats in our yards and public spaces. In Hamilton we have a tremendous opportunity to create a pollinator habitat corridor that stretches across the city. A few tips to help get you started:
· Attract a variety of pollinators by planting different native species, including wildflowers, shrubs and trees that provide flowers throughout the spring, summer and fall. Native plants provide the best source of nutrition for pollinators so it is best to ask the nursery about the source of the plants.
· Native pollinators are attracted to blue, purple and yellow flowers.
· Provide habitat by leaving some dead wood piled up for wood dwellers and areas of bare soil for soil dwellers.
· Ensure there is a source of water (ex. a shallow dish filled with rocks) and replace the water regularly.
· Plant in clumps. Pollinators are more attracted to groupings than single plants.
· Encourage your neighbours to plant pollinator-friendly species.
If you would like details about acquiring native plants or upcoming events designed to help you create a Pollinator Paradise please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environment Hamilton, a non-profit organization, has been working since 2001 to inspire people to protect and enhance our environment through leadership, education, and advocacy.
Hamilton Naturalists' Club, is a volunteer-lead, charitable organization with a 95 year history of promoting habitat protection, stimulating public interest and action in conservation, undertaking research and education regarding natural areas and acquiring and managing natural sanctuaries.
Thank you to our funders who have made this project possible: