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Pollinator Project



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  NALT Pollinator Paradise Project


NALT is excited to announce the launch of our Pollinator Paradise Project! The goal of this project is simple: to encourage property owners to create pollinator habitat.  While it might be difficult for us to create habitat on our properties for other threatened native species like Western Bluebirds, Vesper Sparrows or Western Painted Turtles, often it only takes a few simple changes to your garden or yard to create pollinator habitat.  And, sadly, there is great need for this as many native bee and butterfly species are known to be in decline.  Aside from other threats such as pesticide use, disease transfer from non-native honey bees and climate change, the primary threat for our native pollinators is habitat loss.  NALT’s pollinator toolkit outlines the steps we can take to turn our gardens, yards, and patios into pollinator habitat.  Once you have taken the time to make these small changes to your property – or if you already have prime pollinator habitat on your property – please go to our interactive mapping application and add your pollinator paradise to our map!  Adding your property to the map may make your property a NALT certified Pollinator Paradise. Certified properties can receive a garden sign that will let your neighbours know that you are helping with habitat, which is a great way to expand the conversation on pollinator decline and habitat enhancement. For more information about certification email stewardship@nalt.bc.caor call 250-714-1990   Adding your property to the map will also allow us to track pollinator habitat connectivity, which can be vital for pollinator species, as many only have a range of 500 metres or less.  It is hoped that over time we can see the areas of our region that have great habitat connectivity, and the areas that might need more work.  In future this data might guide us in developing projects where public lands or commercial or institutional properties can be turned into pollinator paradises, or where we focus on specific communities to remove participation barriers and encourage pollinator habitat enhancement.    You can visit our project website at naltpollinatorproject.ca where you can:  -View our toolkit and learn how to create habitat on your property (even if it’s just a patio!),   -Apply for certification and get on the map  -Learn which plants are best as forage (I.e. food) and as host plants, and where to get them  -Find out how to participate in a pollinator census  -Learn more about different pollinators in our region and how to ID them    We will be hosting pollinator paradise events such as garden and habitat workshops, a family-friendly pollinator event, and public talks on our native bees and butterflies this coming spring.  Please keep an eye out for emails and social media posts on these events.       

  Adding your property to the map will also allow us to track pollinator habitat connectivity, which can be vital for pollinator species, as many only have a range of 500 metres or less.  It is hoped that over time we can see the areas of our region that have great habitat connectivity, and the areas that might need more work.  In future this data might guide us in developing projects where public lands or commercial or institutional properties can be turned into pollinator paradises, or where we focus on specific communities to remove participation barriers and encourage pollinator habitat enhancement.    You can visit our project website at naltpollinatorproject.ca