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The goals of the project are to:
1. To create a culture of conservation within Toronto citizens using urban pollinator stewardship and food production as focal points for connecting to the natural world.
2. To impact education of people who previously knew little or nothing about the connection between pollination, food security, and ecosystem health.
3. To assess the impact of bee diversity and abundance on yield of commonly grown urban food crops throughout the city of Toronto.
4. To map the distribution of bee diversity in Toronto and identify areas in which the urban agricultural productivity may be limited by pollinator abundance and diversity.
5. To correct pollinator limitation through management and augmentation using applied means.
Problem is, research costs money. And so far, not enough funds have been found to support this project.
If you have any resources or suggestions that might help to make this important project happen, the project participants would like to know about it.
Principal project participants are York University bee biologist, Dr. Laurence Packer, PhD student, J. Scott MacIvor, and recent M.A. graduate and winner of a 2010 pollinator award, Sabrina Malach. Also involved will be staff at the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the York Foundation.
You can contact Sabrina Malach at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Thanks to Sabrina Malach for the text of today's post. Photo by Tauno Erik: CC License]