There are over 1,000 species of pollinators in Canada. Native bees, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, birds, ants and other species fertilize flowers and plants by moving pollen from one flower to another. By helping plants and crops reproduce, pollinators ensure that we have food and healthy ecosystems.

Our pollinator populations are declining. They face significant challenges like habitat loss, pesticide use, disease and climate change.

One of the ways we’re helping is by planting pollinator-friendly plants, and restoring natural areas. We also maintain certain areas in a naturalized state, and have a reduced mowing regime in many areas to support biodiversity.

Project benefits

These restored habitats provide nectar, pollen and shelter that the pollinators need to thrive. In turn, the presence of pollinators has multiple benefits, including the propagation of plants that are important to sustainable agriculture, and to people.

By planting native plants, we’re also limiting the growth of invasive alien species. These unwanted species can cause serious economic, social and environmental damage.

The restored habitats provide an opportunity to engage and educate citizens about nature and biodiversity conservation on NCC-managed lands. The project also offers an opportunity for community groups and local NGOs to participate in monitoring and future restoration initiatives.

Get involved

Help out pollinators at home by planting a pollinator-friendly garden using a variety of native plants and avoiding the use of pesticides. Be sure to plant milkweed for monarch butterflies — it’s the only thing monarch caterpillars eat.

You may also help monitor these pollinator species by adding your observations and photos of butterflies, bumblebees and other insects to iNaturalist.