Kicking off Pollinator Week and The Pollinator Round Table Report

Kick off Pollinator Week 2017 ( with a workshop on plants and pollinators 17-18 Jun at beautiful Haliburton Community Farm in Victoria, BC! 
Preserving Pollinators: Issues, Identification, and Planting
Topics include the unique ecology of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, bee and butterfly biology and identification, monitoring for pollinators, and restoring habitat for pollinators with native plants. The workshop is for naturalists, farmers, gardeners, students, and land managers; anyone that would like to better understand our diverse pollinator communities and how you can help them. Classroom and outdoor activities included.

Space is limited so sign up soon. To register email Lora
Presented by Saanich Native Plants and Pollinator Partnership Canada

The Pollinator Round Table Report

Lora Morandin, Pollinator Partnership Canada and Bob Maxwell of Peninsula and Area Agricultural Commissionenvisioned the Island Pollinators Initiative and wanted to reach out to the local CRD community to gage interest.  CRFAIR co-ordinated the meeting that took place May 18 in the CRD Common Room.   Twenty people including master gardens, bee keepers, farmers , entomologists and non profits already educating about pollination attended. The Island Pollinators Initiative would co-ordinate information about strategies and events in our region.

Three key indicators emerged:
1. Public Education
2. Neonic (and other pesticide) knowledge and advocacy for ban on horticultural products.
3. Build the IPI: a recognized brand (logo for review, signage, certification).
A steering committee forIsland Pollinators was formed to guide the initiative.

Lora Morandin, Ph.D.
Western Canada Program Manager
Pollinator Partnership Canada