The City of Kamloops mission statement, “Making Kamloops Shine” would not be possible without the help of our pollinator friends. Pollinators are vital to a healthy and resilient ecosystem. The conservation of pollinators is critical to the sustainability of Kamloops’ natural areas and urban gardens. Certain pollinator species have been determined to be in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use, and disease/pests. A diverse and resilient pollinator community is a key component of a sustainable city for us all.
The motion was brought forward to Kamloops City Council by Lisa Strachan with Tourism Kamloops and supported by Glenn Grant, the executive director of the B.C. Wildlife Park and co-chair of Communities in Bloom. As the second Western Canadian affiliate of Bee City, Kamloops has created a lot of excitement with neighbouring communities and has already brought creative, fresh ideas to the program.
The Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener’s Association has compiled the following resources to assist residents is supporting pollinators in their gardens.
We have been struggling to focus on this in the past 2 years to be honest. COVID impacted everyone, but the tourism industry was hit harder than most.
We had to let go a few staff members, so we are operating on a skeleton crew, and still trying to do all the same things…..and then some!
As things get back to normal, and we are able to hire new staff, we will be refocusing on these types of projects.