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 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 (click here for more information). 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. Click here for more information.

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.