Pollinators – including bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths – are vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems. Small but mighty, they are responsible for fertilizing a huge percentage of plants, helping them form seeds that eventually blossom into new plants. Without pollinators, the next generation of plants – and the foundation of any ecosystem or food chain – would be in jeopardy. Sadly, significant declines in pollinator numbers are being observed across Canada and globally.
In Fundy National Park (FNP), biologists are taking action and engaging in efforts to recover a number of at-risk pollinator species, including the iconic monarch butterfly and the yellow-banded bumblebee. By planting an approximately 3,200-ft2 pollinator garden on the Headquarters Bluff, the garden will increase the amount of habitat available to pollinators in the park, providing a continuous supply of nectar and pollen to native pollinator species throughout the season and as they migrate. Park staff will monitor the presence of pollinator species in the park and which types of plants they favour. This will enable staff to help make better decisions to support at-risk pollinator species.