Birds Group = Scott Barron, Kaylie Bowes, Quinn Buetner, Zach Erickson, and Kennedy Schaalje
Bees Group = Mackenzie Chrun, Taylor Evjen, Jessica Goddard, Althea Matheson, Rachelle Nazar, and Sarah Vogt
Birds and the Bees
With cities ever expanding and green spaces becoming more and more manicured for improved aesthetics, native animal and pollinator habitat have deteriorated rapidly in urban environments. The benefits of native habitats and ecosystems are often overlooked, destroyed or forgotten and seen in low numbers within city limits. Birds help with insect control, pollination, and can be pleasant to the eyes and ears. Pollinators are a fundamental part of creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that contribute to the production of native plants, gardens, and food crops in Saskatoon. Pollination increases plant health, which produces larger yields and provides more nutritious fruits.
To address this issue, we propose a project that would involve locating, securing and creating a space filled with native, pollinator-friendly plant species creating a native bird habitat along the Saskatoon riverbank. The goal is to set up a park style location and install bird houses, feeders, and other bird attractants in the surrounding area in hopes of attracting birds to the area. The design plan includes native plant species and insect houses to encourages pollinators to the area. We plan to include outdoor educational sign at the sanctuary site to raise awareness about the importance of pollinator conservation and educate the public about native birds and their importance in the ecosystem.
Our project “The Birds and The Bees” is separated into two parts, native birds and pollinators. Together our initiatives aim to introduce a native habitat in an urbanized area that can be utilized for recreational and educational use. We hope this sanctuary can be further built upon in the future through the development of educational programming or resources that help the sanctuary function as a place-based learning opportunity for students and teachers.