Bumble bees are a diverse group of species, but many people are unaware of their true beauty. The brand-new, never-seen before, Bumble Bees of Ontario poster, brings these bees to life, and is free for people to download and enjoy on their computers or to print* and display in
their homes and offices. This stunning poster features hand-painted illustrations by Ann Sanderson (annsciart.com), and was created with guidance from Sheila Colla of York University and Victoria MacPhail of Wildlife Preservation Canada, and funding from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Download yours today and spread the word!
This poster is just one of many resources that WPC has produced on the topic of pollinators in Ontario and nation-wide. To access these, and to learn more about our Pollinators at Risk Program, visit our Native Pollinators Program page, and our two main bumble bee pages: Yellow-Banded Bumble Bee and Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee.
If you see a bumble bee in your garden, along the trails of a local park, or anywhere else in North America, be sure to take a photo of it and submit it to BumbleBeeWatch.org. This website, of which WPC is a partner, features an interactive key that will help you to identify it, and then regional experts will confirm the identification. It is our hope that this site will help us find locations of rare and declining species and give us more information about the ranges and biology of all our species. There is also a lot of other fun facts and tips, so be sure to visit it.
*Tips for printing your poster. While it is designed to be printed on legal sized paper (8 ½ x 14), it also prints well on letter sized paper (8 ½ x 11) if you choose “fit to page” when the printer dialog box is open. For best results, ensure your printing preferences are set to “Best” instead of “Normal” or “Draft”. Note that you may need to save the poster and then re-open it in Adobe Reader to be able to access the print settings, rather than opening it in your browser.