Pollinator Park Buzzing with Activity
Medicine Hat – A small section of Police Point Park will soon be in bloom and home to more insects.
A section of the park has been designated as a Pollinator Park, built to encourage pollinator species, like bees and butterflies, to help naturally maintain the ecosystem. The species planted in this area will promote habitat for native pollinators like bumblebees, butterflies, beetles, leaf cutter bees, and sweat bees.
“Pollinator Parks provide a natural habitat for pollinator species, which may be harmed by various landscaping methods, like mowing and pesticide use,” said Keziah Lesko-Gosselin, Parks Technician with the City of Medicine Hat. “Healthy ecosystems need bees and butterflies in order to survive and thrive.”
The City, together with students from the Environmental Reclamation program with Medicine Hat College, have planted native plants, including wildflowers, in an area east of the Visitor Centre. Medicine Hat College Enactus was granted funds from RBC Foundation and Community Foundations Canada and have been gracious contributors with both materials and labour for the project.
Increasing the native pollinators habitat will help local plant-producers, as well as provide an opportunity for Medicine Hat residents and visitors to learn about and interact with pollinator habitat and populations.
“Without insects, like bees and butterflies, different plant species wouldn’t survive,” Lesko-Gosselin said. “We want residents to enjoy the Pollinator Park and the insects we’re attracting.”
Flowers will be varied in height, colour, shapes and blooming times to attract different insects and pollinator species throughout the growing season. Other landscaping features, such as old wood, will be added to create additional sources for shelter.
Entry into the gardens will be permitted once plants are established.
The Police Point Park Interpretive Program is available by phone and e-mail. Visit their website for updates on the park, or to find information from the Grasslands Naturalists on plants and wildlife you may encounter in the park.
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City of Medicine Hat