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Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) is a registered notforprofit organization in Canada dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants and are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Unfortunately they are in trouble. Some species have seen a 90% decline in their populations over the last decade.  Without the actions of pollinators agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse.

Pollinators don’t see political boundaries, and local solutions result in more successful conservation initiatives. P2C, the first global diversification of the P2 organization, more effectively targets the unique opportunities and challenges faced by Canada’s pollinators and the ecosystems and economies that depend on them. P2C works closely with local notforprofit organizations, charities, businesses, and governments and also partners with US and Mexican groups to support cross-border and migratory pollinators throughout North America.



BEES-IN-NEED DESERVE REST INDEED!
Select urban locals will soon be buzzing as bees check-in to a series of bee hotels across Southern Ontario. For the third year in a row Burt's Bees Canada has partnered with Pollinator Partnership to support unique local pollinator initiatives focusing on the biggest threat to pollinators – a lack of habitat. Habitat comes in two forms for pollinators - where you feed and where you nest. Bee housing can be more limited than bee food in urban and suburban landscapes. An innovative team including architecture firm Sustainable.TO and the Fairmont Hotel group came together this year to help get more places to nest out there for the bees. The goals of this program were multiple – help bees find a home, make the bee hotels look innovative and inviting for both bee and human visitors, and take the opportunity to educate the public about bees. P2 Canada, and local partners Pollination Guelph (one of the hotel sites) and Wildlife Preservation Canada, provided bee housing tips to the creative teams at Sustainable.TO, who constructed the hotels this winter. The result is a new bee hotel chain with five locations including downtown rooftops, botanical gardens, and city parks with an onsite and online outreach campaign. The structures are designed to attract a mix of bees including mason bees, leafcutter bees, sweat bees, and others. Each includes bundles of twigs, drilled wood block, and even soil to attract ground-nesters.

The 2014 Burt's Bees Wild For Bees campaign features a limited edition Coconut Pear lip balm – 100% of the proceeds will support Pollinator Partnership Canada's activities and programs. Opening night celebrations for the bee hotels are occured on June 4th at the Fairmont in downtown Toronto and June 11th in conjunction with Toronto Life Magazine at the Evergreen Brickworks. To find out more about the hotels, their locations, and the 2014 Wild For Bees campaign in Canada visit www.burtsbees.ca/wildforbees.html where you can also find instructions on how to build your own bee hotels and other useful links. Pollinator Partnership has been active with projects in Canada for over a decade. P2 Canada became a formally registered nonprofit in 2013 to facilitate local partnerships and programs.



LATEST CANADIAN POLLINATOR NEWS

Compiled by CAPA National Survey Committee and Provincial Apiarists: Paul Kozak (chair), Steve Pernal, Melanie Kempers, Rheal Lafreniere, Anne Leboeuf, Medhat Nasr, Geoff Wilson, Jessica Morris, Paul van Westendorp, Chris Maund, Chris Jordan, Steve Tattrie, David Ostermann.

In 2014, the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) National Survey Committee developed a core set of questions that the Provincial Apiarists surveys could use to report on honey bee wintering losses in their province. The following report is a summary of the reported winter losses from the provincial surveys.

Over the winter of 2013/14, the average level of wintering loss of honey bee colonies (i.e. colony mortality or colonies too weak to be commercially productive at less than 3 frames of bees) across Canada was 25.0% (Table 1). Ontario experienced 58.0 percent winter mortality. When Ontario’s numbers are removed from calculation the national mortality drops to 19.2 percent. This level of winter loss is considered a high winter loss for most Canadian beekeepers in comparison to long term acceptable level of winter losses (15%), as described by beekeepers. The level of winter loss varied among provinces, regions within each province and from beekeeper to beekeeper within each region.

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