What is a Pollinator?
A pollinator is an insect or animal that moves pollen (the yellow powder in flowers) from one flower to another. This pollen exchange is needed to produce seeds and fruit.
Why are Pollinators important?
Over 1,000 varieties of plants that we depend on for food, medicine and fibre need pollinators to reproduce. Without pollinators, these plants would disappear and we would have less fruit, vegetables and even chocolate bars. Your jeans would cost more too.
What is a Pollinator Park?
The City of Red Deer has set aside several areas as Pollinator Parks. These parks provide habitat - food and shelter - for many native pollinators. The Parks Section protects pollinators by not using pesticides, mowing and hand picking weeds, and designing new parks with pollinators in mind.
The following parks are designated Pollinator Parks:
- City Hall Park
- Snell Gardens
- Bower Ponds
What can I do?
For additional information on pollinators, please visit the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation website.
To learn about native bees, please visit The Wonderful World Of Bees – Nature Alberta and Alberta Native Bee Council.
The book, "NatureScape Alberta: Creating and Caring for Wildlife Habitat at Home" is also available for purchase at Kerry Wood Nature Centre.
Like you, pollinators need a place to live, water to drink, and food to eat. Please visit the Be a Pollinator Pal section for landscape designs and more information.
For more information on Pollinator Parks, please contact Parks & Public Works at 403-342-8238.