The Township, along with community volunteers, has a long list of accomplishments to support pollinators including: over 2000m2 of restored native wildflower meadows at public parks, over 1600m2 of garden enhancements using native species for pollinators, a new community garden enclosed in wildflowers for pollinators, and an ongoing Community Engagement Program with a variety of volunteer positions for the community to get involved in programs and projects that benefit pollinators.
In 2022, the Township maintained its various pollinator gardens. Fruit trees were planted near the community garden to encourage pollinator habitat. The Township’s Official Bee City Designation was recognized at its annual community barbecue held in July. The Volunteer Appreciation Event held in late October was themed based on Tiny’s Bee City Designation.
The Township maintained its various pollinator gardens. Fruit trees were planted near the community garden to encourage pollinator habitat. The Township’s Official Bee City Designation was recognized at its annual community barbecue held in July. The Volunteer Appreciation Event held in late October was themed based on Tiny’s Bee City Designation.
A policy was adopted by Council to reduce the use of pesticides on municipal properties.
All volunteer gardeners for the Township of Tiny plant and maintain pollinator friendly habitats: blanket flower, purple cone flower, wild lupine, anise hyssop, butterfly weed, black-eyed susan, spiderwort.
The Township of Tiny introduced a Pollinator Program in 2016 after receiving an Ontario150 Partnership Program grant. The original Pollinator Program was designed as a youth stewardship and community engagement and education program that incorporated habitat restoration and land stewardship activities to benefit pollinators.
To implement the project, the Township hired four students and one project coordinator. The team experienced field trip learning, created outreach and education materials, and implemented various land stewardship and restoration activities. Field trips introduced the team to other established pollinator gardens in Wasaga Beach Provincial Park where Monarch gardens had already been planted years prior. They also visited the local Wildflower Farm to learn about the production of wildflower seeds for restoration projects in Ontario and the local apiary in Tiny Township to learn about bee keeping and honey production.
Public awareness and education were implemented in various ways throughout the summer. The students worked with the local bee keeper and three plant nurseries to create content for ‘Plant me for Pollinators’ displays that were set up inside the nurseries and used stickers to identify which plants were beneficial for pollinators (Figure 3). Sales went up 43% for native wildflowers with 4,479 plug sales reported. A public information display was also created and used at 17 different public events, reaching 3,460 people (total booth visits). The Township created an ‘All About Pollinators’ webpage and worked with a local woodworking club to create 50 butterfly houses that were later painted by the Township of Tiny’s Summer Day Camp participants and installed in the Pollinator Meadows.