Resources/Links dedicated to protecting native pollinators
- The Living Prairie Museum
The Living Prairie Museum is a tall grass prairie reserve located within the City of Winnipeg. The Museum’s goal is to provide awareness and conservation of natural areas specifically tall grass prairies through environmental education.
The Living Prairie Museum has a 12 hectare (30 acre) tall grass prairie preserve. Set aside in 1968, it is home to over 160 species of prairie plants and a great array of prairie wildlife and pollinators.
- Prairie Pollination Virtual Exhibit
Materials for this virtual exhibit – called “Prairie Pollination” – were produced and/or compiled by The Manitoba Museum for the Canadian Heritage Information Network (Virtual Museum of Canada program) for the purposes of providing the public with information about prairie plants and pollinators.
- University of Manitoba, Department of Entomology - Bugline Identification Service
The Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba provides basic insect identification and insect information to Manitoba residents via the Bugline. Check out the website for further information.
- Bee City Brandon
Brandon was designated as the first Bee City in Manitoba. Visit their website to learn more about their designation!
- Winnipeg School Division - School Ground Greening Guidelines for Play and Learning
The Winnipeg School Division School Ground Greening Guidelines for Play and Learning provides guidance to school communities including administrators, teachers, custodians, parents and design professionals to discuss, plan, design, and implement outdoor play and learning environments. The document provides inspiration encouraging the school community to use their grounds to connect with nature. The document discusses theme gardens to create spaces that are unique to each school and school community. One of the theme garden suggested is “Be creative: The 3B Gardens -(Bees, Butterflies and Birds).
- Prairie Moon Nursery - How to Grow a Prairie from Seed
Prairie Moon Nursery provides 8 steps on how to grow prairie plants from seed. Click here to learn more!
- FortWhyte Alive - Naturescape Program
FortWhyte Naturescape program provides information including a Certification Checklist helping to bring biodiversity including pollinator habitat into yards and gardens. Click here to see the Checklist for more information.
- List of Native Plant Suppliers in Manitoba
All garden centres in Manitoba can help attract pollinators and increase the biodiversity of your garden. A number of suppliers specialize in native plants. Native plants are ideal for pollinator gardens since they are uniquely suited to grow in our province and provide excellent habitat for native pollinators. Check out these websites to find out where native stock is available in our community:
- Manitoba Master Gardener Association - Mixing Native and Non-Native Plants
Linda Dietrick, a Manitoba Master Gardener, recently wrote a terrific article on which native and non-native plants support and attract pollinators in your backyard. The article provides detailed information on which plants to select and which plants to avoid when creating your garden.
- Noxious Weed List
The Province of Manitoba requires special care and restrictions for certain plants designated as weeds. Click here to ensure your plants are not considered a Tier 1 Noxious Weed.
- Bee City Canada
Bee City Canada provides information and recognizes communities and organizations that are taking steps to help pollinators. Bee City Canada’s mission is to inspire cities, towns, First Nations, schools, businesses and other organizations to take action to protect pollinators.
- Pollinator Partnership Canada - Planting Guide & Ecoregional Guide
Pollinator Partnership Canada provides ecoregional planting guides, tailored to specific areas of Canada including Manitoba. Click here to access the guide.
In addition to the Manitoba planting guide, Pollinator Partnership Canada provides guides for all ecoregions. Click here to see all ecoregional guides.
- Pollinator Partnership Canada - "Inviting Bees to your Property, No Fear of Stings" Fact Sheet
Pollinator Partnership provides a fact sheet describing bee behaviour and tips on how to successfully coexist and enjoy pollinators in your garden without the fear of being stung. Check out the Inviting Bees to your Property, No fear of Stings brochure for more information.
- Pollinator Partnership Canada - Practices to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Agricultural Pesticides in Canada
Pollinator Partnership Canada, in collaboration with the agriculture sector, created a guide to help protect bees and pollinators from agricultural pesticides. Click here to see the guide.
- Government of Canada - Information on protecting pollinators from pesticide exposure
The Government of Canada provides a general overview on the importance of protecting pollinators and some of the Health Canada activities conducted to protect pollinators from pesticide exposure.
- The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation provides programs that focus on habitat conservation and restoration, species conservation, protecting pollinators, contributing to watershed health, and reducing harm to invertebrates from pesticide use.
- Responsible Purchasing Network and Friends of the Earth – Buyers Bee-ware Guide
The Responsible Purchasing Network provides resources for purchasers and sustainability professionals dedicated to purchasing environmentally sustainable goods and services. Collaborating with Friends of the Earth, this guide provides steps an organization can take to implement a comprehensive pollinator protection program. Click here to see the guide.
- Ontario Horticultural Association – A Guide to Creating a Pollinator Patch
The Ontario Horticultural Association created a booklet to encourage the implementation of pollinator gardens along roadsides. Click here to see the guide.
Resources related to managed pollinators:
- Pollinator Partnership - Planting Forage for Honey Bees in Canada (Guide)
This guide provides an overview of where and how honey bee forage can be created in Canada. The primary focus of this guide is forage creation for honey bees but creating forage and habitat will aslo help native bees and other pollinators. Click here to get the guide.
- Bee Project Apiaries
Beeproject is committed to promoting and supporting honeybees in urban areas. Their Urban Pollination Project allows interested individuals to have a hive without knowing a lot, or anything, about beekeeping. This program is meant to be a turn-key operation in which they install and maintain the hive(s) and deliver the local honey to you at the end of the season. A list of participating entities include Assiniboine Park Conservancy, FortWhyte Alive, University of Winnipeg, Red River College, etc.
- University of Manitoba - "Beekeeping for the Hobbyist" course
The University of Manitoba offers a “Beekeeping for the Hobbyist” Non Credit Course Offered by the Department of Entomology in collaboration with Manitoba Agriculture. For more information, click here.
- Red River Apiarists' Association
The Red River Apiarists' Association, a Beekeeping Club, primarily for hobby and beginning beekeepers, located in and around Winnipeg. The Association offers social activities with regular meetings, their aim is to provide an educational setting for members, with a focus on honey bees, nectar sources, pollination of plants, and honey promotions.