Ontario’s Niagara Parks Unveils New Pollinator Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted August 21tth, 2017 on Niagara At Large

 Niagara Falls, Ontario  – This August 18th, The Niagara Parks Commission officially launched its new pollinator exhibit, Saving the Pollinators; Our World Depends on It, at the Butterfly Conservatory with an announcement and unveiling led by Niagara Parks Chair, Janice Thomson.

Niagara area high school students work with Niagara Parks staff in 2016 to create a haven for bees in a pollinator garden behind Niagara Parks’ Butterlly Conservatory. File photo by Doug Draper

At this new bilingual exhibit, visitors can learn more about Ontario’s pollinating species, from bees to hummingbirds, who, despite their small size, play a major role in maintaining our environment.

The exhibit will educate visitors on the different types of pollinators and their habitats, as well as spread awareness regarding the risks of pollination decline and how citizens can make a difference in protecting and preserving natural habitats so that pollinators can flourish and continue their important work.

The exhibit will be a permanent feature at the Butterfly Conservatory and will showcase eight bilingual stations that will educate visitors on the pollination process, the importance and role of pollinators as it relates to the Chain of Life, how plants are designed to ensure pollination occurs, as well as many other fascinating facts and anecdotes about pollinators.

The 3D aspects throughout the exhibit, such as a case that shows an image of a flowering plant seen through human eyes set against the same plant seen through the eyes of a pollinator, will allow visitors of all ages to fully engage and connect with the exhibit. The pollinator exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Ontario150 funding program administered by the Government of Ontario.

Opening the exhibit from left to right in the front row, Niagara Parks Vice-Chair, Joan Andrew, Niagara Parks Chair, Janice Thomson, Cheryl Tyndal, Curator at the Butterfly Conservatory, Heather Gorman, Manager, Education & Public Programming and Patrick Topping, Coordinator, Projects & Maintenance

After learning all about pollinators and their role in our environment, visitors are encouraged to travel along the newly established pollinator garden route to witness the pollination process in action. The garden route contains 12 pollinator gardens, including the original Legacy Garden located just outside the Butterfly Conservatory, which range from formal manicured gardens to natural habitats, all providing support for a wide range of native pollinating species, many of which are considered at risk. The gardens are accompanied by bilingual signage which contain information about a certain type of pollinator, as well as references to various Indigenous myths, which offer wisdom concerning our connection to animals and our environment.

  • Pollinator Exhibit installed as a new permanent feature of the Butterfly Conservatory

  • Bilingual, family-friendly exhibit will educate visitors about the amazing diversity and importance of Ontario’s pollinators

  • Visitors can travel along the newly established pollinator garden route through Niagara Parks to witness the pollination process in action

About Niagara Parks – The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.

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PHOTO Opening the exhibit from left to right in the front row, Niagara Parks Vice-Chair, Joan Andrew, Niagara Parks Chair, Janice Thomson, Cheryl Tyndal, Curator at the Butterfly Conservatory, Heather Gorman, Manager, Education & Public Programming and Patrick Topping, Coordinator, Projects & Maintenance

(2nd row L-R): In the second row, from left to right, Reegan McCullough, Chief Executive Officer and David Adames, Chief Operating Officer

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