Andrenid bee on Pearly Everlasting flowers

Andrena sp. on Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

NEW: Signs to identify your garden as pollinator habitat

For practical information on supporting wild pollinators, check out the following sources.

Gardening for native pollinators
Policies/strategies
Sources of native plants
Pollinator habitat on farmland
Homes for pollinators
Getting to know native pollinators
Identifying native plants
Pollinator researchers in Canada


Gardening for native pollinators


The Corner Pollinator Garden

Right in urban Ottawa, Berit has created a diverse and beautiful garden for pollinators, and she’s written a brochure to share her experience and inspire others: Create your own pollinator garden


City of Guelph

Creating a pollinator garden
General how-to advice, plus valuable garden designs for a variety of sites, including shade, slope, boulevard, and rain gardens.


Canadian Wildlife Federation

Gardening for pollinators
Excellent and concise (4 pages) overview of pollinators, the challenges they face, and how you can help.


Ontario Stewardship Councils

A landowners’ guide to conserving native pollinators in Ontario
This 44-page guide includes information about our local bees, the challenges they face, how you can help. Lots of ideas, case studies, resources.


Pollination Guelph

Our downloads
A series of how-to sheets, suggestions, information, and plant lists to help you help pollinators.


Friends of the Earth Canada

Create your own bee & bee
How to provide food and create habitat for bumble bees. Includes best gardening practices.


David Suzuki Foundation

Create a pollinator-friendly garden for birds, bees, and butterflies
Attracting bees, building a mason bee house, best plants by season, make a bee bath.


Seeds of Diversity Canada

Pollination Canada
Everything you need to know about supporting pollinators from why pollination is important to examples of gardens, farming, and other plantings.


Xerces Society

Establishing pollinator meadows from seed
How to select and prepare a site, choose plants, and manage a pollinator meadow.

Gardens
3 things you can do to enhance pollinators in your garden. Plant lists are for US regions; northeast and Great Lakes lists are appropriate for our area.


Farms at Work

Nectar and pollen plants for native wild pollinators
Good list of trees, shrubs, and perennials known to attract pollinators, including information on bloom period, size, and growing requirements.


Habitat Network

Seasonal wildlife calendar
Digital month-by-month calendar to guide your monthly gardening to-do list.


Policies/strategies


Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Pollinator health action plan
What the provincial government is doing to help bees and other wild pollinators: policy, public engagement, research, education.


Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (Quebec)

La protection des pollinisateurs (in French)
L’importance des pollinisateurs, leur état de santé, des actions pour les protéger au Québec, surtout en matière des néonicotinoïdes.


Sources of native plants


Beaux Arbres
Bristol, Quebec

Specializing in plants native to the Ottawa Valley and garden-worthy wildflowers from eastern North America. Open most days from mid May until the end of September (please call ahead to confirm: 819 647-2404). Beaux Arbres brings seeds to local Seedy Saturdays and nursery plants to farmers’ markets, and specialty sales in Ottawa. Well worth the drive to see their demonstration gardens. Events


Connaught Nursery
Cobden Ontario

Site includes a woodland restored from “scratch.” Locally native wildflowers, ferns and mosses, vines, shrubs, and trees. Owners have over 30 years’ experience in horticulture, a wealth of information, and a passion for propagating local species.


Ferguson Tree Nursery
Kemptville, Ontario

Range of native trees and shrubs available as bare root stock (multiples of 10) or in pots (minimum of 10, mixed species). Limited number of perennials. Pre-ordering required.


Fletcher Wildlife Garden
Ottawa, Ontario

Annual native plant sale of wildflowers and some trees and shrubs: first Saturday in June.


Fuller Native and Rare Plants
Belleville, Ontario

Specializing in native perennials, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, shrub seedlings and bulbs. Wide range of plants available. A percentage of plant sales is donated to conservation work.


North American Native Plant Society

Seed exchange


Pollinator habitat on farmland


Xerces Society

Agriculture
Establishing Pollinator Meadows from Seed, urban and rural land
Pollinators and roadsides


Michigan State University: extension bulletin

Conserving native bees on farmland


United States Department of Agriculture: agroforestry notes

Enhancing nest sites for native crop pollinators


Farms at work

Six steps to protect and encourage native wild pollinators on your land 


Homes for pollinators


United States Department of Agriculture

Build a nesting block
Enhancing nest sites for native bee crop pollinators


Pollination Guelph

Making homes for pollinators


Xerces Society

Native bee nests


Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Nest boxes for mason bees


Great Pollinator Project

Nesting habitat


Getting to know wild pollinators


AAFC

Native pollinators and agriculture in Canada


 Canadian Wildlife Federation

Explore our pollinators
Pollinators: from flowers to food to our future


Pollination Guelph

Pollination-pollinator overview


TED talk: Joseph Wilson

Video: Save the bees! Wait, was that a bee?


Identifying native plants


Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Plants for wildlife database
Photo galleries


Fleures du Québec

Fleures sauvages du Québec 


FloraQuebeca
Glossaire botanique, flore vasculaire, et plus

Accueil


VASCAN
Database of vascular plants of Canada

Name search
Checklist builder


Ontario Wildflowers

Online field guide on Ontario’s wildflowers
Checklist builder (by distribution)


Canadian Wildlife Federation
Quick searches by plant name, gardening need/plant type and province.

Native Plant Encyclopedia


Pollinator researchers in Canada


In our region

Sophie Cardinal, research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Developing new molecular and morphological tools to better understand our beneficial native pollinators.
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Jessica Forrest, assistant professor, University of Ottawa
Studying the evolutionary ecology of plant–pollinator interactions and exploring how pollinators and animal-pollinated plants are coping in a world that is getting hotter and more densely populated by humans.
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Heather Kharouba, assistant professor, University of Ottawa
Studying how and why species (butterflies, bumblebees) are responding to global change, and what those responses mean for ecological communities.
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Jeremy Kerr, professor, University of Ottawa
Discovering specific causes for biodiversity decline and degradation of ecosystem function, including pollination and pollinators. LEARN MORE
Découverte des causes spécifiques de déclin de la biodiversité et de dégradation des fonctions écologiques, y compris la pollinisation et les pollinisateurs.

Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis, research scientist, National Wildlife Research Centre, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Understanding demographic drivers of species responses to climate change and land-use land-cover change, including drivers of native pollinator declines and pollination potential modeling
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Risa Sargent, associate professor, University of Ottawa
Applying the principles of evolutionary ecology to questions about how plants interact with their biotic and abiotic environment, including the roles of pollinators in diverse environments.
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Jeff Skevington, research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Assessing interactions and impacts between arthropod biodiversity and agricultural practices (including pollinating flies), developing a national arthropod information system and systematic knowledge of beneficial arthropods such as pollinators.
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Elsewhere in Canada

Sheila Colla, assistant professor, York University
“As pollinators and pollination have become important issues among policymakers and the public in recent years, my work has become more interdisciplinary.”
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Elizabeth Elle, professor, Simon Fraser University
“My research program has two main foci: the importance of ecological selection pressures, primarily by insects, for the evolution of plant traits; and the determinants and impacts of variation in pollinator diversity in fragmented ecosystems.”
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Valérie Fournier, assistant professor, Université Laval
Research projects linked with the issues of declining pollinators and their conservation in agricultural environments. LEARN MORE (in French)

Paul Galpern, assistant professor, University of Calgary
Studying how landscape context and climate change affect wild pollinator status and decline, as well and pollination services in natural and agricultural landscapes. LEARN MORE

Scott MacIvor, assistant professor, University of Toronto
“The specific objective of my research program is to understand how people influence the ecology and diversity of plants and pollinators, and the interactions between them.”
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Lawrence Packer, professor of biology and environmental studies, York University
“I am a melittologist. A melittologist is someone whose main academic passion is the study of wild bees. This means someone who studies bees other than the domesticated western honey bee.”
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Nigel Raine, Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, University of Guelph
Nigel and members of the Raine Lab study the behaviour and ecology of pollinators, and the impacts of environmental stressors (e.g. pesticide exposure) on pollinator health.
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Cory Sheffield, curator of invertebrate zoology, Royal Saskatchewan Museum
My research interests are primarily focussed on all aspects of bees, including their diversity and taxonomy, ecology, and conservation with particular focus on the Canadian fauna.
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