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Celebrating Pollinator Week: Mississauga’s Efforts to Support Vital Insect Allies

Mississauga ON – As Mississauga gears up to celebrate Pollinator Week from June 17 to 23, residents are invited to join in various initiatives aimed at supporting the city’s essential pollinator species. Bees, butterflies, beetles, and hummingbirds play a crucial role in pollinating plants, which in turn sustains ecosystems and provides vital resources for both humans and wildlife.

Designated as a Bee City, Mississauga is committed to preserving and enhancing natural habitats to ensure these pollinators thrive. One notable effort includes the cultivation of tallgrass prairies at Jack Darling Memorial Park and Lorne Park Prairie. These areas not only provide a sanctuary for bees and butterflies but also support rare species that depend on unique prairie plants.

To engage residents in the cause, the city is hosting several events throughout the week. Highlights include a webinar on creating pollinator-friendly container gardens scheduled for June 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. This session aims to educate participants on planting techniques that attract and support pollinators, even in urban settings.

Additionally, on June 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., Mississauga Valley Community Centre will host a free wildflower giveaway, while supplies last. This initiative encourages residents to incorporate native wildflowers into their own gardens, providing food and shelter for pollinators.

Residents are also encouraged to consider applying for a boulevard garden permit to plant pollinator-attracting species in the strips of land between their properties and the street. This initiative not only beautifies neighborhoods but also creates corridors of habitat for local pollinators.

Looking forward, Mississauga aims to expand its green canopy by planting one million trees and shrubs by 2032. Trees provide essential habitat and food sources for pollinators, while also contributing to cleaner air and reduced urban heat.

For more information on how to get involved in Pollinator Week activities or to learn about other forestry initiatives in Mississauga, residents are encouraged to visit mississauga.ca/forestry.

Pollinator Week serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of our urban landscape with the natural world, highlighting the importance of collective action in protecting and supporting our invaluable insect allies.

Kelly

Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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