The City of Calgary has become a Bee City to highlight its mandate to improve the health and well being of its communities. The City recognizes the direct connection community well being and biodiversity, as identified in its BiodiverCity strategic plan. Our Bee City designation further supports The City’s commitment to protect, sustainably utilize, and manage biodiversity for its role as the foundation of our existence. Supporting pollinator habitat as a Bee City is a powerful way for The City and its citizens to advance this work.
Due to the pandemic and the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, many projects were not feasible due to restrictions that prevented group activities and close contact. Additionally, a lot of resources dedicated to communications, both internally and externally, were focused on COVID19 content.
Despite COVID-19, The City progressed with a number of activities that directly and indirectly support pollinators within Calgary. These actions are listed below and expanded upon under subsequent questions in this document. The projects fall under the following: habitat creation/restoration, policy, operating guidelines and education and outreach.
The Bee Boulevard in Canyon Meadows, also called the City of Calgary Native Bee Project runs along Canyon Meadows Drive SE from Bow Bottom Trail SE to Macleod Trail SE. Medians were seeded with a mix of salt and drought tolerant native wildflowers and agronomic species. Bee nesting structures were installed along with interpretive signage. A main flower bed is central to the project and contains native plants, nesting structures, habitat types and displays. Sandstone flower beds full of native wildflowers line the adjacent pathway. Pollinator experts from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University have been studying bee biodiversity and floral preferences on the site. In 2018, the Species at RiskSchedule 1, Gypsy Cuckoo Bumblebee was discovered on the site.