Help nurture Leduc’s pollinator population

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This growing season the City of Leduc and the Leduc Environmental Advisory Board (LEAB) are inviting residents to participate in Leduc’s first Pollinator Garden Challenge. The challenge encourages residents to devote a part of their garden or landscape to creating an attractive habitat for local pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

The City of Leduc’s Pollinator Garden Challenge is part of a larger initiative known as the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, which has a goal of identifying one million pollinator gardens across North America. The challenge recognizes pollinators as a vital part of the ecosystem that society depends upon to grow roughly one-third of crops and 90 per cent of flowering plants.

Leduc’s challenge will be launched at the Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Business Expo and Trade Shaw on April 14 and 15. Residents who are interested in participating can stop by the City of Leduc Environmental Services booth to learn more. The city and LEAB will also be hosting a kick-off event at the Leduc Public Library on April 18 at 7 p.m. that includes a presentation on pollinators and their impact on the ecosystem.

Residents will be able to register their garden at any City of Leduc Environmental Services event throughout the spring and summer. If residents are unable to attend these events, additional information on the challenge and an online registration form is available at www.leduc.ca/pollinator-garden. Photographs of pollinator  gardens can be submitted to ecosmart@leduc.ca at the end of the season for a chance to win a prize.

More information about the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is available at millionpollinatorgardens.org.

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