Becoming a Bee City Campus is crucial for Dalhousie University due to its unwavering dedication to pollinator initiatives, driven by student-led projects, dedicated grounds staff, and various societies. The campus has established diverse pollinator habitats with a focus on native flowering plants, ensuring a year-round source of nutrition for local pollinators. This commitment not only enhances the campus’s aesthetics but also underscores its ongoing dedication to environmental stewardship, making it a beacon of sustainability and biodiversity.
Dalhousie University has consistently demonstrated its commitment to pollinator initiatives, which are actively driven by a combination of faculty and course learning activities, student-led projects, dedicated grounds staff, and various societies. Over the past few years, we’ve created several pollinator habitats. On the Studley Campus, these include the Indigenous pollinator garden, Hügelkultur garden bed, and, most recently, a designated pollinator wall/area. On the Agricultural Campus these include the Bicentennial Botanical Garden, Alumni Gardens, Butterfly Pollinator Garden, Cultrivat8 Garden, and Herb Garden, to name a few of many.
What sets these spaces apart is the dedication to native flowering plants. These plants bloom from spring to fall, providing a constant source of nutrition for a diverse range of pollinators. The vibrant, seasonal display of flowers not only beautifies our campus but also serves as a crucial resource for local pollinators, highlighting our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship.