What can you do for pollinators?
Eliminate your use of pesticides.

Because habitat loss is another stressor responsible for the decline of our pollinators,
plant for them.


Please know that taking up the hobby of beekeeping (honey bees) is not a way to "save the bees" and that in fact, in urban settings it may displace our native bees. Please read more here. Plant for bees and other native pollinators instead.

Plants for Pollinators: Guides and Lists

Research each plant before buying to avoid planting invasive species. Look for Grow Me Instead Guides for your province.

As you seek bedding plants from nurseries, please read this message from Carol Dunk.

Credit Valley Conservation Native Plants for Pollinators

WWF and Carolinian Canada In the Zone Gardens

Tallgrass Prairie and Savanna Plants in Ontario

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Guides with 14 dedicated to Canadian regions (so far)

Nectar and Pollen Plants for Native Wild Pollinators 

Pollination Guelph List of Links to Native Plants for Pollinators

TRCA Healthy Yard Program - Creating and Maintaining Habitat

Ontario Wildflowers useful beyond Ontario

Purchase 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens (Lorraine Johnson)

North American Native Plant Society Database

Protect Your Pollinators

Status and Trends of Pollinator Health in Ontario

Bumble Bee Watch

CANPOLIN: The Canadian Pollination Initiative

Raising Awareness Among Canadians About Plant Pollinators

Pollinators and Your Winter Garden

Organic Pest Control for Cucumber and Potato Bugs, and Flea Beetles

All About Bees

Pollinator-Friendly Guides

Manage Insects on Your Farm

Enhancing Crop Yield Through Wild Pollinators

Cover Cropping for Pollinators

Xerces Society: Farming for Bees

Xerces Society: Farming for Pollinators

Bee Friendly Farming

Farming for Pest Management

Pollination Canada Bee Friendly Gardening

Canadian Wildlife Federation: Plant for Pollinators

North American Native Plant Society

Plight of the Bumblebee

Creating Pollinator Gardens: Flower Fragrances to Attract Pollinators

Books and Identification Guides

Keeping the Bees by Laurence Packer

Books by Heather Holm

Xerces Society: Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

Xerces Society: Attracting Native Pollinators

Bumble Bees of North America

Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States

Bumble Bees of the Western United States

Bees of Toronto

How to Make a Pollinator Garden by Clement Kent $8 including shipping; click thumbnail and scroll down to page to open Publications tab

Landowner's Guide to Conserving Native Pollinators by Susan Chan $15 including shipping; click thumbnail and scroll down to page to open Publications tab