Conserving the Buzz: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Pollinator Conservation in Ontario, Canada

Status: Ongoing
Start Date: April 11, 2016
Theme: Resource Management

Conserving the Buzz: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Pollinator Conservation in Ontario, Canada
Co-PIs: Sheila Colla and Rachel Nalepa (Postdoctoral Visitor)

MITACS/Nature Conservancy of Canada/Weston Foundation

Southern Ontario is one of the most critical regions in Canada in terms of wildlife-human conflict. It has one of the highest proportions of species at-risk but also dense human population and agricultural productivity. This project proposes to research whether habitat for at-risk pollinators can be adequately incorporated onto private farmland using methods from natural and social sciences. In addition, it seeks to determine whether farmers experience a perceived and/or actual financial benefit from this habitat in the form of increased ecosystem services (e.g. pollination, pest control, water conservation). The PI and the postdoc visitor will work with the funding agency and partner to create long-term suitable habitat using wildlife corridors for at-risk and economically important pollinators in areas they historically occupied through community-based management with local landowners.