The Bee Cause

We put bees on the political agenda.

First, we issued an urgent call for a ban on bee-harmful pesticides and practices and a change to how pesticides are registered in Canada.

Taking the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to court to challenge their “approve first, study the science later” approach showed how important decisions on bee-toxic pesticides can help shape future decisions on all pesticides.

Then, we challenged the market place!

Due to our multi-year flower testing, most garden centres now offer you neonic-free flowering plants where you can do your best for bees in your garden.

We researched what Canadians know about their wild, native bees.

In our national poll, almost seven out of ten did not know the pollinating role of wild, native bees cannot be replaced by honey bees. But, Canadians clearly love their bees.

A new analysis of FOE’s bee poll by bee scientists finds that “Understanding the general public’s knowledge and perceptions of an issue can help drive action on the part of decision‐makers. Such understanding is critical when decision‐makers are faced with multiple stakeholders, which is the case with biodiversity conservation issues.” Read the paper.

So now, the Bee Cause is a campaign to save all bees while educating Canadians about the state of their wild, native bees.

Trees For Bees

What’s on the menu in March or April if you’re a hungry wild, native bee? Take a look at our reference guide and learn about the invaluable trees that are “floral resources” for bumblebees across Canada.

Let It Bee

Gardens provide critical habitats for wild, native bees and to help protect them, we must change gardening practices.

Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Sadly, this year, limited resources mean we will not be able to offer you one of our favourite campaigns, the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. However, you can still download a free copy of the Census cards for either Eastern Canada or Western Canada and learn how to identify bumble bees attracted to your flower patch and other outdoor spaces.

Market Action on Neonics

With the support of concerned citizens across Canada, we spent the last five years testing flowering plants from garden centres across Canada for bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides.