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Speaker Series: Protect and Promote Pollinators

Apr 10, 2024

Protect and Promote Pollinators

RTOERO District 23 Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Edithvale Community Centre, Dempsey Room

131 Finch Ave West,  North York ON M2N 4H8

Convener: Sylvia Skippen, 1st Vice President
Presenter: Sayeh Beheshti, PhD Candidate in Environmental Studies, York University


Spring is in the air, and it is time to consider your garden. Pollinator gardens are becoming increasingly popular, attracting bees and other pollinators that are vital to a healthy planet. However, habitat loss, invasive species, disease, pesticides, climate change and extreme weather threaten bees and other pollinators with extinction. Insufficient pollinators result in loss of fruit, vegetable, and nut production which, in turn, contributes to human health problems, such as cancer, stroke and diabetes, due to a shortage of healthy foods.

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2024, you are invited to meet Sayeh Beheshti to discuss the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems through conservation, education and research. Sayeh is a member of the Garden Club of Toronto and a “Certified Pollinator Steward.” She is pursuing a PhD in environmental studies at York University and is passionate about the power of bees.

Sayeh will give each attendee a pack of stratified native seeds, ready to be planted. Different people can grow different varieties and then trade and share the seedlings and add multiple native plants to their gardens or community plantings. On her website, www.sayehsunstudio.com/blog, you can learn about the Underhill Seed-sitters group she leads on behalf of Project Swallowtail.

The session will be recorded.

REGISTRATION: Please register online for this free event using the registration form below – the DEADLINE is Friday, April 5, 2024.

Sylvia Skippen, Event Coordinator
[email protected]

In addition, if you wish to learn about the work of the District 23 North York executive, you are welcome to attend the executive meeting from 9:30 – 10:15 on April 10, prior to the speaker’s presentation. Contact Sara Di Nallo, [email protected] and she will arrange a seat for you.