Wednesday April 10, 2013, 9am – 4 pm
Koffler House, University of Toronto

Wildlife Preservation Canada was pleased to present a one-day meeting focusing on the conservation of at-risk pollinators on April 10, 2013.About 85 participants, representing government agencies, land managers, NGOs, conservation authorities, industry representatives and academics, met at the University of Toronto to listen to a full slate of presentations.Topics included current hands-on conservation work in Canada including large-scale restoration projects, the status of pollinators in Canada, citizen science and community projects, and policies related to species protection.Attendees also had an opportunity to comment on the roadblocks facing pollinators and pollinator conservation work in Canada, resources that may help, and possible next steps.

A report on the meeting, including comments from the attendees and suggested next steps, can be accessed here.

One of the outcomes from the meeting will be the creation of e-groups to connect people with similar interests to stay in touch and to support each other. Information on how to sign-up for these e-groups will be posted to this web-page shortly.

The list of presenters is below.PDFs of presentations for which the presenters gave permission for sharing on-line can be accessed by clicking on the presentation title.

Elaine Williams, Wildlife Preservation Canada – Welcome and Wildlife Preservation Canada’s At Risk Pollinator Conservation Program.

Sheila Colla, PhD, Wildlife Preservation Canada – The Status of Bumblebees in Canada

Jennifer Heron, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Vancouver – The Status of Arthropod Pollinators in Canada

Jennifer Heron, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Vancouver – Pollinator Projects in the Garry Oak Ecosystems

Jessica Linton, MES, Natural Resources Solutions Inc. – The Current Status of Butterflies

Laurence Packer, PhD, York University – Bee Diversity in Canada

Alana Pindar, PhD Candidate, York University – The Importance of Fire for Maintaining Wild Bee Diversity in Oak Savannah Habitat of Southern Ontario

Scott MacIvor, PhD Candidate, York University – Green Roofs as Habitat for Wild Bees

Jeff Skevington, PhD, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian National Collection of Insects – Arachnids and Nematodes – Breaking the taxonomic barrier: Research on Diptera pollinators in Canada

Connie Hart, PhD, Environmental Assessment Directorate, Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Health Canada – Overview of Pollinator Protection Initiatives- Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Health Canada

Melanie J. McCavour, Lecturer, Concordia University, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and Geography, Planning and Environment – Legal and Regulatory Protection of Pollinators in North America

Bryan Gilvesy, HBA, Proprietor – Y U Ranch, Chairman – Norfolk County ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) – Reconnecting Farmers to Pollinators

Kim Fellows, Pollination Canada – The Latest Buzz from Pollination Canada

Paul Hoekstra, PhD, Syngenta – Pollinators and Sustainable Agriculture

Janine McLeod, BSc and Kristina Hubert, MSc, Alderville Black Oak Savanna – The Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna and Tallgrass Prairie: Restoring One of Canada’s Rarest Ecosystems

Victoria MacPhail, MSc, Pollination Guelph – Areas Big and Small, We Tackle Them All – Pollination Guelph’s efforts to increase pollinator habitat in the City of Guelph

Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto and Society for Conservation Biology – Toronto Chapter – Development of pollinator diversity baselines and influence of restoration efforts in Canada’s first national urban park

Victoria Wojcik, PhD, Pollinator Partnership – Collaborative Efforts for Pollinator Conservation: Pollinator Partnership Programs and Initiatives

Three-Minute Briefings by Attendees

1. Ewa Jackson – ICLEI’s Work to Protect Biodiversity

2. Sarah Bates – CANPOLIN Activities and Future Plans

3. Sandy M. Smith – Honeybees as Exotic Species in Forests

4. Gurushabd Khalsa – Under the Mango Tree Program (Indian Honeybees)

5. Sarah Peebles – Resonating Bodies & Audio Bee Booths

6. Scott Tarof – Earth Rangers “Bring Back the Wild” Partnership with Wildlife Preservation Canada

7. Deborah Dale – Verdigrow: Toronto Bylaws and Gardens

8. Jennifer Grodon – Solitary Bee Nesting Monitoring Project at Niagara College

9. Gillian Leitch – Home-grown National Park in Garrison Creek (David Suzuki Foundation)

For further information, please e-mail pollinatorconservationcanada@gmail.com.

Thanks to the following organizations for their support and contributions: