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Thank you to our Participants!

We just wanted to say thank you to everybody that took the time to fill out surveys and answer our questions. Because you gave 5 minutes of your busy schedules, we have managed to develop the social aspects of our research and are pleased to see overwhelming support for pollinator meadows and new urban management.

Your surveys will help us to complete our research, looking at everything from the ecological, economical and social aspects of new urban management. Hopefully, with your support, Vancouver may be willing to install new meadows and pollinator pastures across the city and help Vancouver become the Greenest City in the World, by 2020.

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And the Data is Done

Its official, after three months of collecting data, we have officially counted our last bee, just in time for the September rains to appear. Our wildflower meadows are setting seed and the second generation of flowers are on their way. We may even get a couple last blooms over the next few months, if summer stays with us. 


The years data collection has been a huge success, with a vast array of pollinators and other beneficial insects visiting our sites. As a teaser, here is a couple of graphics, from our Strathcona research sites. As you can see, our meadows gave food and forage to a vast amount of pollinators. LONG LIVE THE BEE!

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August 1 Weekend

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August 1 Weekend

Even with all this dry heat, most of our research sites are powering through the lack of rain. Although the pollinators abundance in our counts are slowly lowering, as we get to the second half of summer, we are still seeing a great diversity of pollinators and beneficial insects visiting flowers. 

This weekend we had everything from hairy belly bees to damsel flies and Syrphid flies to Skipper Butterflies, one of the most diverse weekends yet, in the data collection period. To celebrate, here is a couple of photos taken across the research sites.

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NoMow Vancouver

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NoMow Vancouver

Our No Mow research sites, across Vancouver, are coming along nicely. Over the last few weeks the grass has grown quickly and is now seeding itself, the beginning of the next generation. With these sites, we are able to see what wildflowers will naturally germinate. With almost now cost to input, by the end of the summer, we could have a large amount of wildflowers growing, for free.

Already at these sites, we have seen a great number of beneficial insects (even a grass snake at Fraser River park) calling our urban parks home. 

Can these sites be the future support of our native flora and fauna as well as functional spaces for humans?

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Langara Golf Course is almost in full bloom

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Langara Golf Course is almost in full bloom

It has been just under 3 months since we seeded Langara Golf course and it is about to break into full bloom. These are exciting and busy days, collecting as much data as we can concerning pollinator visitation. It shows though, with a little hard work, a huge positive change can be created. 

With only a small amount of the blooms out, there is already a large diversity and abundance of pollinators. The next week will see the site change dramatically. 

#pollinatevancouver

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Totem Fields is In

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Totem Fields is In

Thanks to Patrick Mooney and UBC, we have set up a test bed at the Totem Fields research facility, looking specifically at clover lawns. We will soon be able to measure the impact these alternative lawns could hold for pollinators and our pockets within the Vancouver region.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be

 growing both white and crimson clover to see which can withstand generic management practices and still harbour beneficial insects. 

At 8pm last night, the site was still brimming with life, in the June evening heat. Honey, bumble and miner. 

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Its Alive! Langara Is Alive!

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Its Alive! Langara Is Alive!

Just a week after the initial seeding, Langara golf course's wildflower meadow has sprouted and is on the move.  After a few more weeks of healthy growth (thanks to the rain forecast), we will start to collect the true data. Temperature, bloom count, moisture levels etc.

As soon as we get the data, we will make sure its posted on here and twitter, for you all to see.

More to come.

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Van Dusen Botanical Meadows

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Van Dusen Botanical Meadows

Yet another research site installed this weekend, this time at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. Next to the Dried Flower Garden, this research meadow is a Bee Garden Blend from West Coast Seeds. 

A huge thankyou to the maintenance team that prepared the site. Come down and have a look at the wildflowers grow. 

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Strathcona Community Wildflower Meadows

Strathcona Wildflower Meadows

After a pretty hectic two days, Strathcona has its very own wildflower research meadows. We had approximately 30 cubic metres of soil delivered on Friday, which had to be relocated to its new home beneath our orchard.  

Thankyou to the army of volunteers that came along to join in, It could not have done without you.

Come down, have a look & watch the wildlife grow!

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Strathcona Research Site: May 1st

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Strathcona Research Site: May 1st

Great news, on Friday May 1st we will be installing Strathcona Community Garden's very own research site. West Coast Seeds Butterfly Blend, a mix of widflowers, is going to be used on approximately 300sq metres of new meadows, beneath Strathconas already impressive Orchard. 

It will be the perfect place to sit and relax during the summer heat. Perhaps a picnic or two might be required. 

All volunteers welcome to join in, we will be there from mid morning ornwards.

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Langara Golf Course Is Installed!

Langara Golf Course

After a hard couple days of work in the spring sun, the Langara Golf Course is installed and seeded! Over 150sq metres of lawn was lifted, rolled and utilised on site. We want to say a huge thankyou to everybody that helped: the maintenance team at Langara Golf Course, the Parks Board Managment and the volunteers that came out. 

Give it a couple of weeks and we should have a wildflower garden on our hands. Go down and have a look, we'd appreciate your feedback.

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