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.
SCB-TO goes Rouge project includes collecting data in the field, mounting specimens, and outreach. Check out our Resource page that includes resources to help volunteers and interested folks related to these different streams.