Environment | June 22, 2021
Did you know that we rely on pollinators to provide us with food, shade, clean air, and a healthy ecosystem? Sadly, two of Ontario’s bee species have been designated as endangered. As the 29th Bee City in Canada, the City of Mississauga is doing its part to help the bees and other pollinators thrive – and you can too!
Pollinators are key to our ecosystem and there is no doubting the importance of pollinators to Mississauga’s biodiversity. Many trees depend on pollinators to produce seeds that will grow into new trees; contributing to our urban forest canopy by providing shade, habitat and food for wildlife and clean air. Mississauga’s gardens would also be bare and it would be difficult for humans and animals alike to find food if pollinators were not around.
The City has taken a pollinator protection pledge to educate the community about the importance of pollinators and to help provide a natural and healthy habitat for the city’s hardworking bees. In addition, the City has prioritized preserving and maintaining the prairie lands located at Jack Darling Memorial Park and Lorne Park Prairie – the perfect setting for pollinators.
To celebrate Pollinator Week, the City is providing three virtual events for residents to participate in starting today. For those interested in participating, please register at: eventbrite.ca/o/one-million-trees-mississauga-3260323620.
Food Scraps Cooking Demo
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
You can help welcome pollinators, like bees, to your garden. Planting a pollinator-friendly garden with native types of grass, wildflowers, pollinator-friendly flowers and flowering shrubs and trees, is a great way to help pollinators, add some colour to your home and help other insects and animals. The City has pledged to continue to keep engaging and educating the community – everyone can help the pollinators! Let’s continue the help ensure pollinators have a permanent home.
To learn more, visit mississauga.ca/pollinators.