Several pollinating butterfly and bee species have recently been categorized as at risk in Canada. Wildlife Preservation Canada’s (WPC) Native Pollinator Initiative aims to conserve these important insects and protect them from extinction.
In Ontario, there are 20 native species of bumble bees. Some are increasing in numbers but many more are in decline, including the Endangered Rusty-patched and Gypsy cuckoo bumble bees, and the Special Concern Yellow-banded bumble bee. Do you want to do your part and contribute to conservation? The Bumble Bee Recovery Program is looking for volunteers for a variety of projects in 2017:
Volunteer training is offered at both the Pinery Provincial Park and Awenda Provincial Park on June 24th & 25th. As this is the same weekend as the bioblitz, alternative dates may be arranged!
If you want to volunteer, or would like more information on how to conserve the buzz, please contact Sarah Johnson – Lead Biologist, Native Pollinator Initiative (sarahATwildlifepreservation.ca) or Hayley Tompkins – Field Biologist Crew Leader, Native Pollinator Initiative (hayley.tompkinsAToutlook.com).
Rattray Marsh Volunteer Stewards