Why we need your help.
From British Columbia to Atlantic Canada, native pollinators, including bees, flies, and butterflies, are declining at a pace never seen before.
The rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), pictured left, is a reminder of what can happen if we sit idle while pollinator habitat is threatened. At one time the rusty-patched bumble bee was one of the most common species buzzing around meadows, but sadly it has not been seen in Canada since 2009. Other bumble bee species are headed for a similar fate due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticides, and other factors.
On the flip-side, 90 percent of flowering plants require birds and insects to reproduce. Without pollinators, those plant species will also fall into decline. The delicate balance between pollinators and plants has never been more apparent.
What we are doing.
In 2016, Wildlife Preservation Canada and Burt’s Bees teamed up to create a Wildflower Seed Grant program to help landowners across the country fight this trend by planting native pollinator habitat that will provide nectar and pollen to hungry insects.
The Wildflower Seed Grant program is beautifully simple, in that it awards people who are already committed to land stewardship with funding to carry out the most expensive task – buying appropriate native seeds. Grant recipients from 2017 have already started preparing the sites for planting, and some expect to see the first shoots coming up in the spring of 2018. Check out the project profiles below to find a wildflower site near you.
With further funding, Wildlife Preservation Canada can scale up the program and add more sites in 2018-2019 to provide new habitat for one of the country’s most threatened groups of animals. That’s where you come in!
How you can help!
For every $0.30 donated by a TPH employee, we’ll buy 100 native wildflower seeds to create new locations all across Canada. It is that easy!
Check back to this page to see how much has been raised and which new projects will be launched from your donations!
If you are interested in hosting a peer-to-peer fundraiser on top of your payroll giving, we would love to work with you to build an exciting campaign to share with your friends and family. Contact Sarah for details.