It's pollinator week and Tiny is celebrating! As a designated Bee City, the Township has committed to bringing awareness to pollinators throughout the year, especially on this important week.
Pollinator Week promotes awareness surrounding pollinators and calls on us to take action to protect them. In Tiny, we invite the community to participate in events, learn more about pollinators, such as beetles, ants, and butterflies, and create a bee-friendly habitat. Check out the various activities you can do below.
What's Happening this Pollinator Week
"Bee"come a Hub for Pollinators
Take the pledge to protect pollinator habitat. Pollinators include moths, wasps, flies, beetles, and over 900 species of bees. Using the link below, sign the pledge and become an agent of change.
Common Edible Weeds Workshop with Robin Hodgson
5:30pm to 6:30pm, Community Garden (Perkinsfield Park)
Did you know a lot of common garden weeds are edible? Learn about these weeds, where to locate them, and how to prepare them. Leaning naturalized areas on your property can provide pollinators with habitat and provide you with food; come find out how.
Creating a Pollinator Habitat Workshop with Kate Harries
5:00pm to 6:00pm, Community Garden (Perkinsfield Park)
Creating pollinator habitats is essential for ensuring the health of pollinators. Not to mention you create beautiful landscapes for your enjoyment in the process! Join us at the Community Gardens and learn how to design a pollinator habitat from an expert, Kate Harries. Kate Owns and operate Return of the Native, a native plant nursery. Come to this free event and have your chance to win a selection of native plants provided by Kate!
Create pollinator art by using the templates below or designing your very own from scratch. Submit your pollinator art for a chance to win a prize!
Cook and Learn with the Pollinator Friendly Cookbook
Download the pollinator week cookbook and whip up some delicious meals that feature ingredients which rely on pollinators for their survival. This is a great way to learn more about pollinators and their importance in getting food to our plates.
Donate to a Charity that Helps Pollinators
Help a pollinator out by donating to a charity that will help protect their habitats. If you are unable to donate, spread the word about pollinators by posting on social media, talking to a friend, or getting involved in some way.
Take your knowledge to the next level by viewing a pollinator webinar that interests you. Pollinator Partnership Canada has a series of informative webinars on all kinds of topics, from hedgerows to wetlands. Go check them out!
What else is Tiny doing for the Environment?
The Township of Tiny is very committed to a healthy, sustainable environment. Continue reading below to learn more about how you can also contribute to an eco-friendly Tiny.
The Township of Tiny is honoured to be recognized as the first Blue Community in Ontario and the third in all of Canada. As a result, Tiny does not sell single-use bottled water in its facilities or provide it at municipal meetings and events where access to municipal tap water is available. You can help by committing to using re-useable water bottles and avoid single use plastic water bottles.
The Township of Tiny Community Garden, located at Perkinsfield Park, 43 County Road 6 South, is a place for everyone in the community to get involved. Plant veggies, learn how to garden, or just come to see what we’ve got growing! The garden is an educational tool where people of all ages can learn to grow and care for their own food producing plants. Residents can rent a garden plot, or volunteer to help Tiny grow produce to donate to local food banks and shelters.
Invasive species refers to any plant, animal, or insect that is not native to Ontario. The danger of invasive species is that they have the ability to compete with, and replace, native Ontario species in their natural habitat. You can volunteer to help prevent the spread of invasive species in Tiny. Volunteer to help remove invasive species like Phragmites and Spotted Knapweed. Or volunteer as a Trail and/or Beach Monitor to help identify and report invasive species in Tiny.
Earth Week is a great time to take a close look at your property and see what invasive species may be present. Non-native, invasive species such as Periwinkle, Goutweed and English Ivy are often in gardens - the Grow Me Instead Guide is an excellent resource for information on common garden invaders and suggestions of native species to plant instead. Be on the lookout for other common invasive species in urban and rural areas in the Severn Sound watershed area: Garlic Mustard, Gypsy Moth (present in spring as egg masses attached to tree trunks, buildings and furniture) and Glossy Buckthorn.
The Township of Tiny supports individuals and community groups interested in keeping Tiny litter-free. You can 'Adopt a Road', sign up an individual or get together with your neighbours to remove litter from beaches, roadways and green spaces in Tiny. Through the Township's Volunteer Program, you will be provided with training, gloves, garbage bags, safety equipment, signage and refreshments. The Township will also pick up the garbage bags from the litter-free location afterwards, so no need to try and fit it in with your own curbside collection.
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! Did you know, in 2017 Tiny received Provincial Funding to create over 2000m2 of wildflower gardens and meadows in Tiny? You can help by planting wildflowers on your own property.
Severn Sound Environmental Association and the Township of Tiny are working together to provide residents with reasonably priced, native tree and shrub seedlings for planting in early spring each year. You can help 'Tree Tiny' by purchasing and planting tree seedlings from SSEA.
Each year the Township of Tiny hosts a series of special community events. The Township is committed to keeping events eco-friendly through a series of initiatives: compostable plates, cutlery and food supplies, recycling and compost bins available throughout event sites, restricted use of plastics and styrofoam (balloons, straws, tablecloths, water bottles), water-bottle refill stations (with compostable cups available) and eco-friendly information and vendor booths on site. You can help by providing more tips on how the Township of Tiny Events can become even greener, or by volunteering at a special community event.