Did you know that Pollination Guelph is the leading group in Ontario, Canada working towards the protection of pollinators and their habitat? Based in the City of Guelph, we are a group that is active locally, while inspiring other groups internationally.
Read on and explore our web-site to learn more, and to see what you can do to help. Lists of upcoming events can be found here while links to over two hundred web-resources can be found here. Other pages can be accessed through the box on the right.
What is Pollination Guelph?
Pollination Guelph is a group of individuals dedicated to the conservation and development of pollinator habitat for current and future generations. We promote awareness and understanding of the role of pollinators in achieving local and global environmental sustainability goals and showcase world class pollinator projects that are a model for citizens and communities throughout Canada and internationally. We are a charitable, federally incorporated non-profit organization.
Where are our Planting Areas?
Eastview Pollinator Park - Our most well-known project is a proposed 45ha (112 acre) Pollinator Park at the decommissioned Eastview Landfill site. The Pollinator Park will be one of the first and largest pollinator initiatives to occur in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. It will also be an opportunity to highlight the City of Guelph's commitment to being a leader in environmental issues. We started working on phase 1 in the fall of 2012, with our first hectare planted in Fall 2013, and hope to plant another two hectares in Fall 2014 (funding-permitting), but it is a long-term multi-stage project.
We have been doing a lot of work (and continue to do so!) in other areas where we can get our many volunteers out and busy planting. These areas are examples of what small-scale pollinator-friendly gardening or pollinator-friendly farming can look like (e.g. like your front yard or a hedgerow on your farm). Plantings have been carried out at:
Hospice Wellington - corner Scottsdale Drive and Kortright Rd; pollinator-friendly landscaping
Guelph Hydro Office - 395 Southgate Drive in the south-end of Guelph; pollinator-friendly traffic island and swale in front of the Guelph Hydro head office (additional locations planned for future work)
Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming - North east corner of the University of Guelph campus, on the south side of College Ave, between Gordon St and Victoria Rd (just off Dundas Lane); pollinator-friendly hedgerow, wet/low land plantings, arbor, demonstration plantings (additional plantings will be added in 2013)
Riverside Park East - off Riverview Drive, near Speedvale and Woolwich; 3 flower beds along the trail near the river, just past the windmill
Trans Canada Trail - off Speedvale, near Woolwich; 2 large beds along trail, plus some plantings along edge of ravine (more plantings planned for 2014)
Clair Road Emergency Services Centre - off Clair Road, near Gosling Gardens. In late 2013 we will prepare the site for planting in spring 2014.
Additional plantings and maintenance of the above sites are always on-going. If you are interested in helping us maintain a planting, please let us know!
How is Pollination Guelph Organized?
Pollination Guelph is currently run by a volunteer board of directors representing educational, research, governmental, environmental and business interests. We are not a member-based organization, but do rely heavily on private donors and on volunteers, particularly for on-site work at the park and other hands-on activities. There are no paid staff members; everything is done by volunteers!
Who are Pollination Guelph's Supporters?
Pollination Guelph has been fortunate to have been the recipient of several grants, donations, and in-kind support to aid our efforts in protecing pollinators and their habitats. We would like to thank the following organizations in particular for their support:
Canadian Pollination Initiative
City of Guelph
City of Guelph Healthy Landscapes Program
Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre
Grand River Conservation Foundation
Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming
Guelph Community Foundation (Community Fund and Musagetes Fund)
Guelph Roundtable on the Environment, Economy and Society
Silent Auction Donors
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
The Arboretum at the University of Guelph
Trees for Guelph
University of Guelph
Wildlife Preservation Canada
Want to Know More?
Check out the links in the box on the right to see information on our upcoming events & meetings, the articles and media coverage we've been featured in, our vision, mission, goals and objectives, our board members and their biographies, our newsletters and reports, a list of resources available on the web, and more. The best way to keep informed about our work, and to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, is to join our e-mailing list. To contact us, or to join the mailing list, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Pollination? What are Pollinators?
Pollination is the movement of pollen within a flower or from one flower to another by animals, the wind, or water. This transfer of pollen in and among flowers leads to fertilization and successful seed and fruit production for the plant, enabling the species to survive and persist over many generations.
Pollinators are the animals that pollinate over 90% of all flowering plants, and primarily include bees, flies, butterflies, moths, and other insects, although birds, bats, and other animals can also be pollinators. Together they are an indispensable natural resource, and their daily work is essential for over a billion dollars of apples, pears, cucumbers, melons, berries, and many other kinds of Canadian farm produce. One out of every three bites of food you eat is a direct result of pollination, so thank a pollinator whenever you eat!