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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 On-Farm

The on-farm component of Operation Pollinator was a successful, multi-year collaboration (2017-2019) with the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) and provincial delivery partners. The program focused on enhancing biodiversity on the farm, providing participants the opportunity to redirect land considered to be lower in productivity to the establishment of pollinator-friendly habitats for bees and other insects. As of September 2019, there were 181 Operation Pollinator on-farm sites supported across Canada. Operation Pollinator sites provide critical habitat to pollinators, improving biodiversity and soil health.

Syngenta Canada is not currently accepting applications for the Operation Pollinator On-Farm program.
Check back to the website for updates and future opportunities that may arise.

Learn more about the history of the on-farm component of Operation Pollinator:

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 such as canola.

Brantford Golf & Country Club and Cutten Fields were the first two Canadian golf courses to work with Syngenta 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 support insect pollinators on golf courses.

Research has demonstrated that Operation Pollinator plots can result in an increase in overall abundance and diversity of butterfly and bee species. The program has grown to include a number of Operation Pollinator Ambassador Golf Courses across Canada, including:

Batteaux Creek Golf Club, Collingwood, ON
Brantford Golf & Country Club, Brantford, ON
Connaught Golf Club, Medicine Hat, AB
Cutten Fields, Guelph, ON
Flamborough Hills Golf Club, Flamborough, ON
Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls, ON
Scenic Woods Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, ON
Springbank Links Golf Club, Calgary, AB
Sunningdale Golf & Country Club, London, ON
St. Catherine's Golf & Country Club, St. Catherines, ON
St. Thomas Golf & Country Club, St. Thomas, ON
Whirlpool Golf Course, Niagara Falls, ON

Why Get Involved?
Wildflowers provide a colourful visual enhancement for golf courses, particularly with native species selected to fit into the local environment. Operation Pollinator seed mix aims to provide a succession of flowering plants that provides a continual source of pollen and nectar for pollinators as well as an ever changing visual for players.

Syngenta will provide participating golf courses with a custom-blended seed mix of native wildflowers to establish Operation Pollinator areas. Golf courses can use this seed and other management practices to create pollen and nectar-rich habitats in out-of-play areas.

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 Operation Pollinator is to support activities that enhance biodiversity, habitat, and other 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 fourth 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 and support the establishment of bee-friendly habitats using the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er bee-friendly seed mix. These activities encourage 4-H members to learn all about the amazing and fascinating work of bees, and to get outside and enjoy nature.

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