The Toronto Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is embarking on an exciting new project at Rouge Park. With the help of partners at Rouge Park and volunteers this summer we are:
- Searching the park for the endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee
- Monitoring park pollinator diversity
- Initiating outreach and education programs about the importance of pollinators in the park
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.
Species identification guides
Species at risk information
pinning & mounting specimens
Enjoy this collection of photos taken from from both our field sampling and pinning sessions. Scroll over the pics to see the captions, or click on them to view as a slideshow. All photos taken by Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis (www.inlewis.wordpress.com).