Homes for Pollinators: Giving grasslands species a home in an urban environment
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About the Event
Gail Fennell, Nature Regina native plant garden volunteer and Phil Johnson, Organic Master Gardener in Regina
For much of the time that North Americans have been building cities, we have relied on governments and philanthropists to set aside designated areas to preserve wildlife and their habitats. As our cities grow and the space for wildlife and the habitats that support them shrinks, it is becoming clear that we need a new approach to how we preserve the diverse communities of plants and animals who have lived here for thousands of years. What if small changes by everyday people could make a big difference in sustaining a diverse wildlife habitat right in a city? What if we didn’t have to depend only on government parks programs to preserve habitats? Our focus is on urban settings on the Grasslands and Parkland because most prairie people live in a city. “Accidental” pollinator landscaping already occurs in all our cities. Plants pop up where they aren’t expected, new insects suddenly appear in a garden. But do we really know what those pop-ups are? Could some of them possibly be the very Grasslands and Parkland species we are hoping to preserve, growing unrecognized right in our cities?
Join Phil and Gail in exploring how we can grow native plants for pollinators right in our own yards.