Our 2nd field season begins!
With support from Rouge Park, we are now beginning our 2nd field season. We spent last Thursday setting up our pan traps on 14 sites in Rouge Park, which is soon to be Canada’s first urban national park. We are continuing to develop a pollinator diversity baseline and are also asking the question, ‘how do pollinators respond to different vegetation communities’. Our sampling design allows us to gain insights into how restoration activities on park lands contribute to diversity in pollinators.
The presence of native pollinators is crucial to the success of park restoration and ecosystem sustainability. They provide the ecosystem service of pollinating native plants which provide food and shelter for other native animals like songbirds and small mammals. In recent years, some pollinator species have shown rapid declines. The Rusty-patched Bumblebee, for example, went from being the 4th most common species in southern Ontario to the rarest in just a few decades.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers past and present!