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Current Projects

Blooms for Bees in Niagara

Building Stream Buffers for Niagara’s Rivers Project (2001 to present)

Conserving Niagara’s Forests for the Future

Past Projects

Baden Powell Park Ecosystem Enhancement Project (1998 to 2000)

Future Forest Tree Planting Program (2001)

Grassy Brook Aquatic Rehabilitation Project (1999 to 2001)

Miller Creek Habitat Enhancement Project (2013)

Naturalizing Fort Erie's Creek Drains (2012 to 2015)

Niagara River Area of Concern Fish Barrier Project (2001 to 2010)

One Mile Creek - Landsdowne Pond Biodiversity Enhancement Project (2010 to 2012)

Pelham Hills Golf and Country Club/Coyle Creek Restoration Project (2005 to 2006)

Restoring Niagara’s Short Hills Project (2010 to 2012)

Returning Nature to Niagara: Thorold–Lake Gibson Corridor Naturalization Project (2008 to 2010)

Trees for Niagara: Wildlife Corridor Enhancement Project (2005 to 2008)


Blooms for Bees in Niagara

The Niagara Restoration Council (NRC) will restore the habitat necessary for bumblebees and other pollinators to successfully maintain a healthy population in the Niagara Region. Bumblebees and other pollinators are becoming increasingly threatened due to habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use, non-native species and diseases. Pollinators are a keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems because of the services they provide to flowering plants for reproduction.

The project sites will support habitat for nesting, foraging and overwintering, by planting native wildflowers and restoring habitat, as well educating the public about less toxic approaches and embracing a natural unmanicured lawn. Municipal parks are the ideal site to implement wildflower garden projects because the bumblebees need a specific habitat to live which allows close proximity to food sources. The NRC will plant large (750 sq ft) wildflower garden plots in parks that will remain in bloom from April to October. Native plants will be used throughout to encourage total ecosystem health and education in the park. The wildflower plantings in these parks will provide an all-encompassing habitat which can fulfil all the foraging necessities of the bees; providing a diverse, year round nectar and pollen supply.

The NRC intends to involve the community in the restoration process through volunteer planting days, bumblebee house building, non-native species removal and weeding, site and species monitoring, public signage and information sessions. These community and school participation days will educate on the significance and encourage best practices for bee species and other pollinators.


 

Did you know that a lawn only needs 3-4 cm of water each week... any more than that, and you will encourage shallow root growth, which means you will have to water it more often!


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