In 2016 we started our partnership with GeesBees Honey Company. A local, family run organization, GeesBees is helping Ottawa’s bees and flowers one hive at a time. With the help of our friends at GeesBees, we brought in over 300,000 honey bees and now host 6 of our own hives on site to help support the bee population as well as harvest our own honey.
New in 2017 GeesBees began their Community Supported Pollination Project here at Wesley Clover Parks! This Project allows members of the community to buy either a single share or a double share of a beehive. With each share purchased you will receive a year's supply of honey and the opportunity to meet your bees at harvest time! Click here for more information about the Community Supported Pollination Project.
Looking for ways to help the bees? Create a pollinator-friendly garden! Creating a pollinator-friendly garden can help make a difference to the declining honeybee and other bee species. Check out some of the resources below learn more about how to create your own pollinator-friendly garden to benefit pollinators such as honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! Don't forget to drop by Wesley Clover Parks to pick up your complimentary compost when gardening!
- Back Yard Boss - Must-Have Plants to Make an Amazing Butterfly Garden
- David Suzuki Foundation - Create a pollinator-friendly garden for the birds, bees and butterflies
Bat House Program
In 2017 Wesley Clover Parks began our partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation's Bat House Program, HelpTheBats.ca. Help the Bats focuses on protecting the bat populations in Canada by encouraging groups in learning about Canadian bat species and the current threats to their survival, which includes habitat loss and white nose syndrome. One way of doing this is to provide alternative roosting sites for bats with bat houses.
Wesley Clover Parks now has four bat houses to aid in the survival of the endangered Little Brown Bat. These bat houses will offer a space for the Little Brown Bat to roost during the spring and have its pups over the summer, giving its pups a chance for survival.
For additional information on bats and the Bat House Program, please visit helpthebats.ca
Ticks are most often-found in forests and wooded areas but they can also live in shrubs, tall grass and leaves. By taking precautions you can enjoy the great outdoors! Visit http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/lyme-disease.aspx for more information about ticks and preventing Lyme disease.