Pollinator assessment and crop/climate analysis for Bulkley-Nechako and Fraser-Fort George

Pollinators play a critical role in agricultural production by influencing crop yield and quality, and support a range of ecosystem benefits. Alfalfa, clover, and some grain crops (e.g. ancient grains) rely on pollination, and the regional production of vegetables, berries and fruits has been increasing over the past 20 years.

Pollinator responses to climate change may vary widely, but it is clear that shifts in temperature, precipitation, seasonal phenology, extreme events, CO2, parasites, and other factors can negatively affect the abundance, diversity, behaviour, and physiology of pollinator insects. 

Supporting resilient pollinator communities will both protect existing crop production in the region and will support transitions to new crops in the future.

A first of its kind project in Bulkley-Nechako and Fraser-Fort George developed a baseline dataset of pollinators present types in agricultural crops and how these pollinators are being affected by climate change. Pollinators were collected on collaborator farms in 2021 and 2022 from Smithers to the Robson Valley. This information supports future research into how climate change is affecting the health and distribution of regional pollinators, and into farm practices that support pollinator health and resilience.

This project focused on two objectives:

  • Data collection for the pollinator baseline analysis; and
  • Answering research questions on pollinator resilience and pollinator/crop interactions to generate information useful to local producers.

Project Webinar:

Webinar – Love Your Pollinators – 2023

Downloads

What’s Pollinating Crops in BCs Central Interior – Fact Sheet 2022

3 MB, pdf

Pollinator Assessment Crop Climate Analysis Bulkley-Nechako Fraser-Fort George – Final Report 2022

5 MB, pdf

BF06-Project-Report-Creating-Climate-Resilient-Agricultural-Pollinator-Communities-in-BNFFG-2023

528 KB, pdf

BF06-Fact-Sheet-1-Pollinating-Bees-and-Hoverflies-on-farms-in-BNFFG-2023

1 MB, pdf

BF06-Fact-Sheet-2-Floral-Resources-for-Native-Pollinators-on-Farms-in-BCs-Central-Interior-2023

2 MB, pdf

BF06-Fact-Sheet-3-Where-to-Find-Native-Plants-to-Enhance-Pollinator-Habitat-in-BNFFG-2023

768 KB, pdf

BF06-Fact-Sheet-4-Benefits-of-Forest-Edges-on-Farms-for-Pollinators-in-BNFFG-2023

559 KB, pdf

BF06-Fact-Sheet-5-Crop-Diversification-in-Forage-Production-Benefits-to-Pollinator-Biodiversity-2023

494 KB, pdf