pollinator steward webinar series 2020

Join us this spring and summer 2020 for an interactive webinar series!

Webinars will cover the why and how of supporting pollinators through habitat creation  and maintenance, outreach, and citizen science. Discover why bees and other pollinators are so important, common misconceptions that are hindering conservation, how to create and maintain habitat (with specific information for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands), how to maximize benefits through outreach and education, and how to observe and monitor pollinators. Join local experts with the opportunity to ask questions during the live webinars. For land managers, farmers, students, and gardeners.

Interested in becoming a Certified Pollinator Steward?

Demonstrate your science-based understanding of pollinators and pollinator conservation  through this unique certification program offered by Pollinator Partnership.

Webinar details

Webinars will be live with the opportunity for participants to ask questions of local experts. Each webinar will feature 2-4 local pollinator, habitat restoration, and other experts. Webinars will be sequentially released starting in June 2020 and go through the summer. Participation will be limited so stay tuned for registration opening dates. Webinars will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

The Webinar Series is a collaborative effort by Pollinator Partnership Canada, Habitat Acquisition Trust, Saanich Native Plants, and Parks Canada

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Pollinator steward webinar series modules

Introduction to Pollinators

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

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24 Jun 2020, 1pm

Registration open

Who they are, why they're important, status, issues, misconceptions, and how to help.


Presenters and Panel: Dr. Lora Morandin, Pollinator Partnership Canada, Jennifer Heron, Ministry of Environment


Pollinator Steward Certification: M


Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

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8 Jul 2020, 1pm

Registration open

Which plants are best for pollinators, who do they support, what should be considered when selecting plants, and where can you get them? 


Presenters and Panel: Kristen Miskelly, Saanich Native Plants, Dr. Lora Morandin Pollinator Partnership Canada and guest experts TBA


 Pollinator Steward Certification: M 

Beautiful Butterflies

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Creating Hedgerows for Pollinators

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Vancouver Island is host to many butterfly species. Learn about their history, issues, how to support them, and identify some of the common species


Presenters and Panel: Kristen Miskelly, Saanich Native Plants, James Miskelly, Natural Resources Canada 


 Pollinator Steward Certification: M 

Creating Hedgerows for Pollinators

Creating Hedgerows for Pollinators

Creating Hedgerows for Pollinators

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Ecosystem service benefits, step-by-step hedgerow creation and maintenance with local information and examples.


Presenters and Panel: Paige Erickson-McGee, Habitat Acquisition Trust, Lora Morandin, Pollinator Partnership Canada,  Andrew MacDougall, Associate Professor University of Guelph 


 Pollinator Steward Certification: O

Creating Meadows for Pollinators

Creating Hedgerows for Pollinators

Creating Wetlands for Pollinators

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Learn a variety of meadow restoration techniques that can be applied to large or small meadows in many types of habitat including parks, lawns, roadsides, and utility lands. Long-term maintenance will be covered and local examples presented.


Presenters and Panel: Kristen Miskelly, Saanich Native Plants, Aimee Pelletier, Parks Canada and guest experts TBA.


 Pollinator Steward Certification: O 

Creating Wetlands for Pollinators

Creating Hedgerows for Pollinators

Creating Wetlands for Pollinators

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Learn unique opportunities, challenges, and benefits of restoring wetland areas for pollinators. Local techniques and examples.


Presenters and Panel:  Paige Erickson-McGee, Habitat Acquisition Trust, Kristen Miskelly, Saanich Native Plants and guest experts TBA


 Pollinator Steward Certification: O  

Urban Habitats for Pollinators

Identifying and Monitoring Pollinators

Identifying and Monitoring Pollinators

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Urban areas can be pollinator paradises! Learn about options and opportunities in the urban environment.


Presenters and Panel: Lora Morandin, Pollinator Partnership Canada, Stephanie Woods, City of Victoria, Kristen Miskelly, Saanich Native Plants


 Pollinator Steward Certification: O 

Identifying and Monitoring Pollinators

Identifying and Monitoring Pollinators

Identifying and Monitoring Pollinators

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Learn to identify the most common pollinators in our region and open a up a new world! Contribute to citizen science or just be able to see new things in your garden and on hikes.


Presenters and Panel: Dr. Lora Morandin, Pollinator Partnership Canada, Aimee Pelletier, Parks Canada and guest experts TBA


 Pollinator Steward Certification: M 

Expanding Your Impact Through Outreach

Identifying and Monitoring Pollinators

Expanding Your Impact Through Outreach

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There are many exciting options for outreach such as interpretive signage, walk and talks, pollinator homes, sharing information with colleagues, and much more! Hear how some local groups and people are spreading the pollinator (buzz) word.


Presenters and Panel: Paige Erickson-McGee, Habitat Acquisition Trust, Aimee Pelletier, Parks Canada, and guest experts TBA


 Pollinator Steward Certification: M 

Funding Provided by

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Become a certified Pollinator steward!

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Two steps to receiving Pollinator Steward Certification:

 1. Take all mandatory webinars (designated by 'M' above) and take at least 2 of the optional webinars (designated 'O' above), for a total of 7 webinars

2. Demonstrate your commitment to pollinators through at least one 'Habitat' action and one 'Outreach' action

The Pollinator Steward Certification shows that you have taken the Pollinator Partnership course and have a science-based understanding of pollinator issues, conservation, and monitoring AND that you have used the knowledge to contribute to a better world for pollinators and people. 


Certification is by Pollinator Partnership, the largest organization in the world dedicated to the protection of pollinators.