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Native and Honey Bees: Habitat and Forage

A bee drinks from a flower.

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While the numbers of wild pollinators in rural areas are being decimated by industrial agricultural practices and loss of habitat due to peri-urban sprawl, their counterparts in urban environments are faring comparatively better.

This workshop will look at native pollinator populations that have higher densities in urban compared to rural areas. What factors contribute to this success, and what can urbanites do to make the city even more hospitable to wild pollinators? What are the benefits of encouraging wild pollinators in the city? 

A few of the many native bees to be found in Ontario will be introduced and supportive strategies for increasing and diversifying their urban populations will be discussed, including planting bee-friendly gardens and pollinator corridors. A guest speaker will share gardening expertise and attendees will go home with seeds to plant.

This course may be taken individually or as part of the Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College. 

Course fee: $90 (plus HST) 

When: Sunday February 23 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Centre for Urban Ecology, Humber Arboretum (At the back of the Humber College North Campus, 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto - Directions

To Register: If you would like to register for this workshop alone or if you are interested in registering for the full beekeeping certificate call the Humber Arboretum at 416-675-5009 or email