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More About Bees: Events & Resources

In addition to producing scientific research and academic publications, the Centre provides educational resources, programs and outreach events on a variety of topics: pollinator-friendly gardening practices, bee identification workshops, species at risk monitoring events, citizen science applications, Bioblitz events, and many more!

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Upcoming Events:

BeeCon 2021

We are so excited!! Dr. Shalene Jha is our keynote speaker! Abstract submissions and registration are now open!! Go to to find out more. More information to come...


Articles in the Conversation Canada

DateTitle Author(s)
May 12, 2020How planting a garden can boost bees, local food and resilience during the coronavirus crisisSheila Colla
Feb 25, 2020How Wet’suwet’en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistanceSheila Colla, Dana Prieto, Lisa Myers
May 15, 2019Give bees a chance: We can’t afford to lose our wild native pollinatorsSheila Colla & Rachel Nalepa
Apr 8, 2019Forget smart cities (for a minute), we need to talk about smart farmsSarah Rotz & Mervyn Horgan
Nov 22, 2018Scrapping environmental watchdog is like shooting the messengerMark Winfield, Faisal Moola, Sheila Colla
Jun 25, 2017DNA barcodes — sci-fi tech to safeguard environmentRobert Hanner

Outreach & Events

City of Toronto Bee Projects

Go to the Bees of Toronto brochure

Bees of Toronto

A Guide to their Remarkable World

Go to the Toronto Pollinator Protection Strategy

Toronto Pollinator Protection Strategy

Learn more about Pollinate TO Community Grants and incentives

Information about incentives and grants for planting pollinator gardens in Toronto

Bee Identification Tools

Go to the key

The 39 genera of bees found in Canada east of Manitoba are keyed in dichotomous format with all key features illustrated.  Habitus photographs of males and females of representatives of all genera are provided.  The biology of bees in general, and outlines of the biology of each genus are summarized.

Go to the gallery

Each gallery includes images of one male and one female of each taxon, with some exceptions. If you have specimens of any taxon that are not present in our image bank, please consider letting us borrow a nice specimen for imaging or taking an image for us.

This image database is as complete as we can make it. We are approaching various researchers to assist us with filling in the gaps. As can easily be seen, some of the specimens used are not exactly in good condition. If you have nice specimens that might fill in the gaps or enable us to replace

Pollinator Gardens & Initiatives

Bumble Bee Watch

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This community science project allows for individuals to:

  • Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection;
  • Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts;
  • Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees;
  • Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees;
  • Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and
  • Connect with other community scientists.

Explore this Initiative

How to Make a Pollinator Garden, by: Clement F. Kent

A pollinator garden is a place where birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators can find food, drink, and a home.

In addition to the threats of pesticides and disease, habitat loss due to modern agricultural styles and (sub)-urban sprawl reduces available resources for pollinators.

Researchers have found that gardens planted with an abundance of flowers blooming a long period can bring pollinator numbers up in areas that had been losing them - adding nesting sites and changing garden care practices have a big impact too!

Download the Guide

Educational Posters & Visuals


Download the book

Wild Bees Of Eastern North America

A guide to common pollinators and wildflowers

by: Katherine Odanaka, Josh Hall, Sabine Nooten & Sandra Rehan

The Rehan Lab focuses on wild bee research. We have special interest in pollinator biodiversity, behaviour, and evolution. This guide joins other educational books published to explore the regional native bee faunas of New England, California and the Great Lakes region. Our mission is to provide information about wild bees in eastern North America including information on their diversity, nesting biology, ecology, and flower associations to increase our understanding and awareness of pollinators and the services they provide.

The information contained in this field guide is for educational purposes only. Any references to commercial products or trade names do not imply endorsement by the Rehan Lab or bias against those not mentioned.

BEEc in the News...

Radio Canada International, July 16, 2020

Read the CBC article "Canadian researchers warn of cascading impacts as bumble bee species decline"
CBC, April 22, 2019

Read the CTV News article "Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline"
CTV News, April 18, 2019
CBC, Feb 22, 2021

Read the Ricochet article "Beewashing and the business of honey bees"
Ricochet, December 10, 2020

Read the CTV news article "Plant a seed, help a bee: Experts urge Canadians to plant wildflowers to save bees from decline"
CTV, July 18, 2020

Read CBC article "How DNA could be the key to stopping the dangerous decline of Canada's bee colonies"
CBC, September 22, 2019
SCBNA News, Mar 8, 2021

Newsweek, July 15, 2020

Read the Reuters article "Genome points to inbreeding, disease behind bumble bee decline: research"
Reuters, August 16, 2018

Read the Canadian Geographic article "The Truth about bees"
Canadian Geographic, May 17, 2018

BeeCon 2021

We are so excited!! Dr. Shalene Jha is our keynote speaker! Abstract submissions and registration are now open!! Go to to find out more. More information to come...