Bee City St. Catharines

St. Catharines has joined a growing list of Canadian municipalities declaring themselves as Bee Cities, working in partnership with Bee City Canada, and making a commitment to protecting pollinators like bees.

Research from around the world supports evidence that pollinator populations are declining. Climate change, pesticide use, habitat loss and disease are all contributing factors.

Pollinators are essential to life on our planet. Upwards of 80 per cent of all plant life relies on pollinators such as bees. In turn that means all those fruits, veggies and grains on dinner tables across the city are there thanks to pollinators. In fact it is estimated that one third of all the food we eat relies on a pollinator.

That's why - with its rich agricultural tradition and dedication to environmental sustainability - the City of St. Catharines was one of the first to declare itself a Bee City in 2017.

Bee Photo

Our Commitment

We're committed to protecting pollinators and their habitat. Since becoming a Bee City the City has:

  • Partnered with Small Scale Farms to install beehives at Happy Rolph's Animal Farm
  • Created naturalized areas on City properties
  • Partnered with local organizations and community groups to plant pollinator gardens with native flowers, field grasses and other plants to give bees, butterflies and other pollinators a place to feed

What you can do

Residents can do their part to step up and help pollinators. The best way to help is to ensure your property and garden are pollinator friendly. Cutting grass less often, avoiding pesticides and planting pollinator friendly plants can help us protect these creatures, and the environment we all rely on.

Pollinator Gardens

For a full list of pollinator-friendly plants, tips on pollinator gardens, and more information please see our Pollinator Garden Guide.

Over 75 per cent of all plants on earth rely on pollinators such as bees, bats and insects, to reproduce. One in every three bites of food you eat is there thanks to a pollinator. Residents can help pollinators thrive by planting pollinator-friendly plants in their gardens, choosing multiple varieties to ensure pollinator plants are flower in spring, summer and fall.

Native pollinator-friendly plants include:

  • Wild geranium
  • Wild columbine
  • Purple coneflower
  • Blazing star
  • Wild bergamont
  • New England aster

Are you a gardener or a garden lover? Learn more and check out our Gardening Page.

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