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Category: Pollinators (Page 1 of 4)

How to grow native plants to help protect pollinators

Credit: Colleen Dempster

Growing native wildflowers from seed is fun and rewarding. It beautifies your backyard in an ecologically-friendly way and can be done for little start-up cost and maintenance! Here are five simple steps you can take to turn your native wildflower seeds into a backyard oasis for yourself and the wildlife that visits.

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To Bee or not to Bee: Stratford’s Ethan Elliott Brings Bee City Home

Ethan Elliott

Ethan Elliot— a student and member of Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, has a knack for making things happen. It is no surprise that he has been able to convince his hometown of Stratford to become Ontario’s second Bee City.

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Youth are creating a buzz

Ontario Nature's Youth Council, November 2016

Ontario Nature’s Youth Council, November 2016

Over the last six years of working at Ontario Nature, one of my greatest prides has been initiating and supporting Ontario Nature’s Youth Council.

Now comprised of more than 90 members, one of the focuses for the Youth Council has been on wild pollinators and in 2014 they initiated a campaign to bring awareness to the issues leading to pollinator decline in Ontario and worldwide.

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Let’s Support Ontario’s Wild Pollinators


Brown-belted bumblebee; Credit: Diana Troya

For most of us, the word ‘pollinator’ brings to mind non-native honeybees. Wild pollinators, however, are the most widespread and numerous of all pollinators. This includes native wild bees, wasps, flies, ants, butterflies, moths and certain beetles, birds and bats.

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Documenting Life at George G. Newton Nature Reserve

Volunteers learn how to catch and identify butterflies, Photo credit: Lynn Miller

Volunteers learn how to catch and identify butterflies, Photo credit: Lynn Miller

Late last month, Ontario Nature’s conservation staff hosted a bioblitz at George G. Newton Nature Reserve, near Goderich. The day kicked off with two sessions, one focused on reptiles and amphibians and the other focused on plants. Jory Mullen of the Huron Stewardship Council led the amphibians and reptiles group. They found six green frogs, one leopard frog and four wood frogs in the stream running through the reserve. They also found nine red-backed salamanders in the forest.

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