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Bee City Mississauga

One of Canada’s largest municipalities becomes our 29th Bee City!

The City’s experience over the past year as a Bee City has been very positive.

The Bee City designation has been a mechanism to better connect City staff with residents and engage with them on shared initiatives related to pollinators. Increasingly, we receive inquiries from residents about how they can help pollinators, and for input/advice on their own projects at home. The designation sets an example for residents and community groups alike and demonstrates that the city is committed to improving pollinator habitat. One community group, Blooming Boulevards, even referenced the city’s Bee City designation in developing their own program.

March 2024

2024 Renewal

Jack Darling Memorial Park tallgrass prairie:

• In early 2023, two tarps were installed at the site to solarize the non-native invasive grass species (mainly Kentucky Bluegrass) that dominated the ground vegetation layer. These areas had not been burned during the prescribed burn in 2021 due to the amount the cool season grasses had greened up, which would have resulted in an ineffective burn and lots of smoke. In June 2023, the tarps were removed and had been effective at creating bare ground for planting. A total of 300 native prairie plugs were planted within these two areas.

Jack Darling Memorial Park new meadow:

• This meadow created last year was maintained and monitored. As part of the maintenance, invasive White Poplar was removed in November along with Common Mullein. Also in November, 55 meadow species plugs were given to us by Blooming Boulevard and planted in areas not tilled after the turf grass was removed from the surface. A new sign was posted highlighting it as a restoration project.

Lorne Park tallgrass prairie:

• In July 2023, one tarp was installed at the site to an area that had transitioned away from a prairie and was dominated by non-native plants and Goldenrod. From the last burn in 2021 this area had rebounded with non-tall grass prairie plants. In November 2023, the tarp was removed and had been effective at creating bare ground for planting. A total of 150 native prairie plugs were planted within these two areas. In addition, seeds from Wild Bergamot, Little Bluestem, Indian Grass and Big Bluestem, collected from Jack Darling, were spread after plug planting.

March 2024
Bee City Mississauga

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