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​Protecting our Pollinators

Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are vital to healthy ecosystems and play a critical role in Ontario’s environment. Pollinators are under increasing stress due to:

                  reduced habitat and poor nutrition       disease and pests

                  exposure to pesticides                        extreme weather and climate change

The Township of Tiny's 'Protecting our Pollinators' Project will benefit pollinators like bees and butterflies by creating and enhancing existing gardens through the Township of Tiny. The Pollinator team will be planting wildflowers to increase the biodiversity of flowers and creating more pollinator habitat. Visit the 'Protecting our Pollinators' booth at events throughout the summer to get FREE wildflower seeds.

What are Pollinators?

Pollinators are any insect or animal that moves pollen from one plant to another. Here in the Township of Tiny, we have many different pollinators like bees, butterflies and birds! We rely on pollinators to move pollen around to fertilize our plants to get fruits, vegetables and seeds.  

Most pollinators use nectar from the flowers as a source of food. Honeybees store the nectar and that’s why we are able to get honey. Other pollinators like bumblebees, masonbees and butterflies eat the nectar as they go and do not store it.

Learn more from our Pollinators Factsheet

How you can help!

  • Plant native flowers for the pollinators in your garden
  • Get free wildflower seeds from the 'Protecting our Pollinators' booth at outreach events
  • Reduce your pesticide use
  • Hang a bee or butterfly house
  • Enjoy and respect nature

Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Follow these tips for a beautiful pollinator friendly garden

  • Find an area with full to partial sun
  • Plant native flowers as much as possible
  • Find plants with different bloom times
  • Group like species together
  • Use different colours and sizes

Learn more about Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Biweekly Newsletter

To share our activities and progress with the community, we have created a biweekly newsletter.

Email pollinators@tiny.ca to sign up and for a chance to win a butterfly house for your garden!

Here are our past publications:
Issue 1          Issue 2          Issue 3         Issue 4          Issue 5

About the Project

How it all started

Paige, an elementary student and Tiny resident, sent a letter to Mayor George Cornell regarding her concerns about declining bee populations and planting more pollinator friendly flowers in the Township. This led to the Township successfully applying and receiving an Ontario150 Partnership Program grant through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

About the Project

The Pollinator team consists of four post-secondary students and one project coordinator. This project will benefit pollinators like bees and butterflies by creating and enhancing existing gardens through the Township of Tiny.

The Pollinator team will be attending outreach events across North Simcoe to promote the importance of pollinators and how to help them!


The team will also be completing land stewardship by:

  • Creating 2000m2 of new pollinator gardens in the Township of Tiny.
  • Enhancing 500m2 of existing flowerbeds for pollinators in the Township of Tiny.
  • Installing butterfly houses and bee houses for hibernation and nesting habitat.
  • Installing interpretive signage around the Township of Tiny to share information with residents and teach people about pollinator habitat once the gardens are completed.

Additional Resources

​Government of Ontario - Pollinator Health
https://www.ontario.ca/page/pollinator-health

Ontario Nature
https://www.ontarionature.org/protect/campaigns/pollinators.php

Pollinator Friendly Planting Guide for Manitoulin – Lake Simcoe
http://pollinator.org/PDFs/Manitoulin.LakeSimcoe.2016.ver17.pdf

Pollinator Partnership
http://pollinator.org/canada.htm

This program is made possible through the Ontario150 Partnership Program grant through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport