- The Great Toronto Tree Hunt
- LEAF Learning Garden
- Let It Bee
- Maple Leaf Forever Tree
- Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens
- Urban Wood Utilization
- Young Urban Forest Leaders Program
- Youth EAB Ambassador Program
- Past Projects
On the morning of Saturday, June 4th, birds were singing, flowers were blooming, and our native bumble bees were busy foraging. It was also a perfect time to find LEAF’s Garden Stewards holding a bumble bee count in our Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens.
As part of the 100in1Day event, a global initiative to compel citizens to engage in 100 interventions in the span of one day, teams of Garden Stewards met at three different LEAF Demonstration Gardens to teach residents how to conduct their own Bumble Bee Count and care for native bee species. It was great to see people take an interest in our wild bumble bee species and a fun way to spend the weekend talking to other bee enthusiasts!
Why did LEAF hold a bee count training session? Tooba, LEAF’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, wrote a wonderful blog post on the importance of our native wild bee species, detailing what ecosystem services the bees provide us and the main problems that the bees are facing, including pathogens, pesticides, and climate change.
One thing that we can do to help our wild bees, in addition to planting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, is to participate in The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. This campaign, organized by Friends of the Earth Canada and Bumble Bee Watch runs from June 1 through August 15, 2016. It marks the first of several years that the Count will be held. The objective is to educate the public on the importance of our native bumble bee species and encourage citizen participation in scientific research and monitoring of bumble bee populations throughout Canada. Using the data collected during the event this summer and in years to come, scientists will be able to analyze native bumble bee populations and develop new conservation strategies.
Participating in the Bumble Bee Count is easy! All you need is a camera, some blooming and open flowers, and a bit of patience. Visit The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count to sign up and start counting!
Truc-Lam Tran is LEAF’s summer Volunteer and Stewardship Intern. She is currently majoring in Environmental Studies and Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto and is set to graduate in 2017.