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Pollinators Great & Small: Making the Community a Pollinator Haven: Dr. Peter Kevan & Dr. Vernon Thomas, Saturday Aug 29

Pollinators Great & Small: Making the Community a Pollinator Haven: Dr. Peter Kevan & Dr. Vernon Thomas, Saturday Aug 29, 11am

The Urquhart Butterfly Garden is excited to announce a free workshop held in the Garden, “Pollinators Great & Small: Making the Community a Pollinator Haven” led by pollinator and pollination biology experts Dr. Peter Kevan and Dr. Vernon Thomas. The workshop will take place on Saturday August 29 at 11am.

Peter Kevan and Vernon Thomas, accomplished professors from the University of Guelph, will share valuable information about the essential work of pollinators. They will discuss the numerous types of pollinators, their contribution to agriculture, the threats they face, and more.

Learn why it is important for the whole community to be committed to pollinator projects, and find out what an individual can do, without even owning a window box!

The garden is bustling with pollinators, flying to and fro - don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to …

Turtles top parking lot at Desjardins Canal in Dundas

RBG working with Hydro One on turning Cootes parking lot into turtle nesting area
Hamilton Spectator  By Craig Campbell
Working with land owner Hydro One, the Royal Botanical Gardens has created a management plan that will turn an informal Cootes Paradise parking lot into a meadow and turtle nesting area.

There is no plan to reopen public access through Hydro One's Olympic Drive property to the Desjardins Canal and an unofficial trail.

"The authorized water access for Cootes Paradise is Princess Point," said Tys Theysmeyer, RBG director of lands.

He said access through the private property became "totally abused" with, among other issues, illegal dumping, overnight tractor trailer parking and vehicles destroying grass areas.

Hydro One and the Royal Botanical Gardens have agreed on a plan to manage the location.

"Much of the gravel will be removed and the area turned into a meadow," he said. "Some of the gravel will be used to build turtle nesting s…

Dragons and Damsels: learn about dragonflies and their kin at this free talk in Dundas

Urquhart Butterfly Garden,                                  Centennial Park, Dundas Ontario
Dragonflies and Their Kin: Masters of Air and Water: Brenda Van Ryswyk Saturday, Aug 15, 11:00amThe Urquhart Butterfly Garden is hosting a free workshop by Dragonfly and Damselfly expert Brenda Van Ryswyk.Dragonflies & Their Kin: Masters of Air & Water will take place on Saturday August 15 at 11am.
Dragonflies and Damselflies are exciting to watch, with their extraordinary displays of speed and agility in the air. However, don't be deceived by their beauty, because they are also very powerful hunters and gobble up scores of smaller insects as they zip through the air.  
Brenda Van Ryswyk is known for her ability to spot and identify dragonflies. She is also an excellent teacher and holds workshops across Ontario.  The workshop is suitable for young and old, and everyone is guaranteed to leave with their eyes opened to the remarkable lives of dragonflies. The workshop will proceed in rai…