Operation Pollinator

Operation Pollinator garden

Operation Pollinator is a Syngenta program focused on research and partnerships to promote the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators given their essential role in agriculture and nature.

The program's mandate is to support activities that enhance biodiversity, habitat and other practical initiatives that contribute to healthy pollinator populations.

The program originated in the United Kingdom and has since been expanded to more than 13 countries around the world. It includes both on-farm and off-farm components.

Operation Pollinator Golf

Pollinating insects are a vital part of the natural ecosystem. They are responsible for the successful pollination of a wide range of plants that provide essential food sources for birds and animals, as well as the pollination of many fruit, vegetable and oilseed food crops.

Brantford Golf and Country Club and Cutten Fields are the first two Canadian golf courses working with Syngenta Canada Inc. on a pilot project to transform out-of-play areas into improved habitats for bees and other pollinators. The program, named Operation Pollinator, is designed to boost the number of pollinating insects on golf courses.

Syngenta has provided participating golf courses with a custom-blended seed mix that includes native wildflowers. The golf course uses this seed and other management practices to create pollen and nectar-rich habitats in out-of-play areas.

Read more about the Brantford and Guelph pilot project.

Why Get Involved?

Wildflowers can provide a colourful visual enhancement for golf courses, particularly with native species selected to fit into the local environment. Operation Pollinator aims to provide a succession of flowering plants that provides a continual supply of pollen and nectar for pollinators through the season and gives an ever changing visual interest for players.

Read more about Operation Pollinator on golf courses

Operation Pollinator Research

Through the Operation Pollinator program, Syngenta will be launching research partnerships to promote the health of bees and other pollinators.

Syngenta and Dalhousie University, together with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, are partnering on an innovative research project to increase bee populations and blueberry yields in the Maritime Provinces. Read more.

Syngenta Canada is undertaking field-level research this spring to study the compatibility of dust deflectors with planting equipment used by Ontario growers. Deflectors have been found to significantly reduce off-field drift of dust released during planting of insecticide-treated seed. Read more here.

Operation Pollinator Education and Outreach

The mandate of the Operation Pollinator program is to support activities that enhance biodiversity, habitat and other practical initiatives that contribute to healthy pollinator populations.

This includes working with interested parties who support learning and education about the role pollinators play in creating healthy ecosystems and a sustainable food supply.

4-H Canada and Syngenta Canada are excited to announce the second year of Proud to Bee a 4-H’er, an initiative where 4-H club members learn about bees and other pollinators by planting and tending pollinator-friendly gardens.

Participating 4-H clubs will create bee-friendly habitats using Proud to Bee a 4-H’er bee-friendly seed packets. This fun activity encourages 4-H members to learn all about the amazing and fascinating work of bees, to get outside and enjoy nature, and to raise funds for their local clubs.

Read more about Proud to Bee a 4-H’er.