The City of Airdrie has been officially recognized as a Bee City for the work we are doing to support healthy pollinator populations by preserving and promoting pollinator habitats. We are the 23rd city in Canada and the 2nd in Alberta to become part of the pollinator movement. Some of the work we are doing to protect and support healthy pollinator populations include:
- planting over 500 native tree, shrubs and forbs annually
- maintaining pollinator areas within parks, pathways and gardens
- maintaining our community orchard
- providing educational opportunities for residents to learn about pollinators
Bee City Canada is a North American movement of cities, towns, First Nations, schools, businesses and other organizations who have committed to taking action to protect pollinators. Visit Bee City Canada to learn more about the program.
Why should you care about pollinators?
- 90% of wild flowering plants globally depend on animal pollination for producing their seeds.
- Pollinators are responsible for 35% of the world’s crop production
- Caring for bees and other pollinators is part of the fight against world hunger
- Ensuring biodiversity among these species is crucial to build resilience in agroecosystems and adapt to climate change.
Source: FAO Produced by the News and Media Division/United Nations May 2018
A special thank you to those who attended our Friendly Pollinator Talk at Airdrie Farmers Market or our Pollinator Flower Walk in Nose Creek Park during International Pollinator Week this year.
A very special thank you to Kendall Bampton from the Parks Department, who led both events!
If you missed our events, have a look at this list of Pollinator Friendly plants, many of which are native to Airdrie.
Be sure to check this page for details of a Friendly Pollinator Walk this summer!
The Pollinator Working Group (PWG) is a group of volunteers that work with the City to provide educational experiences and community stewardship activities relating to native pollinators and their habitat. For more information, view the working group's Terms of Reference. Opportunities to volunteer for the Pollinator Working Group are now open.
- Bee City Canada Declaration (pdf)
- Pollinator Working Group Volunteer Application Form (pdf)
- Pollinator Working Group Terms of Reference (pdf)
- Airdrie Pollinators (pdf)
- Urban Beekeeping Pilot Project Guidelines (pdf)
- Bee Keeping leaflet (pdf)
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