About the Seed Grant Program
Wildlife Preservation Canada is providing five wildflower seed grants to restore and build important pollinator habitat all across Canada. Funding for the grants has been generously provided by Burt’s Bees.
The winning applicants submitted seed planting and stewardship plans that were well researched, and demonstrated their commitment to the project for years to come. Most of all, the winners all had a strong desire to create habitat that will support native pollinators that are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss in their communities.
Meet the 2017 recipients:
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Habitat: Garry oak savannah
About: The Matson Conservation Area contains Victoria harbour’s last patch of rare Garry oak tress. Projects on the property involve invasive species control, native plantings, and community education. 0.15 ha of wildflowers will be planted to attract native pollinators.
Location: Gimli, Manitoba
Habitat: Interlake prairie
About: The Rural Municipality of Gimli is dedicated to keeping native prairie plants and insects alive despite the changing soil and habitat conditions. The community will work together to establish a 0.4 ha wildflower plot and build a demonstration site to encourage the next generation of land stewards
Hawkridge Community Wildflowers
Location: Milford, Ontario
Habitat: Roadside meadow
About: A collective of heritage farms have gathered to cultivate a roadside area with wildflowers, along with an area situated between two forests atop the natural limestone ridge in a section of open meadow to be seeded.
Landowners: Hawkridge Homestead; Kervan Farm; Lee & Howard Scott
Pays de Cocagne
Location: Cocagne, New Brunswick
Habitat: Salt marsh riparian meadow
About: The 0.5 ha wildflower site is a low-lying agricultural area adjacent to the Cocagne River that will be converted into a wildflower meadow to attract pollinators to benefit all adjacent habitats including the community garden.
Landowner: Imelda Bourque
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