We are very thankful to be working with the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee, the team which led efforts to make Kawartha Lakes into a Bee City. This group is playing an important role in the exciting Fenelon Falls Landfill Pollination Project, which aims to convert part of a decommissioned landfill site into new pollinator habitat.
Read about how they are helping pollinators at the City of Kawartha Lakes Bee City web page.
Broad Street Pollinator Garden installatiacre of a 0.07 acre urban plot in Lindsay. Introduction of approximately 300 native pollinator friendly perennials. To be used as a teaching garden within the community.
3’rd annual Biking for Pollinators Event – all native seed bombs distributed along trail system within Kawartha Lakes. Approximately 1/4 lbs of seed.
Kawartha Lakes’ Pollinator Pathway – community members create pollinators gardens to add to increase habitat to support our native pollinators (difficult to ascertain exactly how much habitat has been created).
Seed Packets – 1/2 lb of Native Seed distributed within community by way of free seed packets.
Seed Bomb kits – approximately 1/4 lb of Native Seed distributed by way of free seed bomb kits.
100 Plant Giveaway – in partnership with Pollinator Partnership Canada, 100 native seedlings given away to members of the community in order to help start their own pollinators garden.
City wide ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides; No Mow May educational outreach; social media education and outreach.
Biking for Pollinators seed bomb habitat initiative along the Trans Canada Trail. Educational Outreach at community events, schools and with the Girl Guides. Online conservation
Bee City Kawartha Lakes has been a great success, even during Covid. Our initiatives have made people think about the importance of pollinators and the larger environment. The Council has supported our initiatives and we are hoping this continues in the years to come. We now have 13 very engaged people in our hive who work well together spreading the importance of pollinators for our very survival.
Our Bee City. Pollinator Action Committee PAC has just finished the 2nd Annual Bee A Hero Contest which is being presented to CKL Council Feb.8th 2022. We have 7 winners who will be presented with a certificate from the Mayor and each will receive a $50.00 gift certificate from a local native plant nursery.
We have been working on a demonstration Pollinator Garden in a median in a residential area and we have neighbours buyin, just waiting for city approval.
Last year we did an initiative called Biking for Pollinators. We prepared pollinator seed bombs in the fall and joined up with a local cycling club to throw the seed bombs along a rural trail. We are going to do the 2nd annual this fall but we are going to study a patch to see if anything took root next year.
We are also planning on a Pollinator Garden tour in Lindsay where many people in a neighborhood have turned their front lawns into large pollinator gardens.
Due to Covid allot of our engagement and planting initiatives were curtailed. We did however start a new program called Bee A hero Contest which encouraged people to get into their gardens to plant pollinator gardens. We got allot of media attention so it was a success.
We have partnered with the city and our local conservation authority to plant pollinator habitats. We have areas that were supposed to be planted last year but hopefully will be planted this summer. Some boulevards will be planted as a showcase for the public.
It has been allot of hard work and fun to get our Bee City to where it is now. Bee City Kawartha Lakes has been strongly supported by our Council. It has been well received by the community and we are continuing many of our initiatives from 2019. Out team has worked well together from filling seed packages to hosting community engagement events.
We have engaged in many habitat plantings from gardens to partnering with our local conservation authority to plant large pollinator areas. We initiated a pollinator garden tour last year to celebrate Pollinator Week.