ZZZ BEES IN MY BACKYARD (BIMBY) PROJECT
ZZZ BEES IN MY BACKYARD (BIMBY) PROJECT
ZZZ BEES IN MY BACKYARD (BIMBY) PROJECT
ZZZ BEES IN MY BACKYARD (BIMBY) PROJECT
ZZZ BEES IN MY BACKYARD (BIMBY) PROJECT

ZZZ BEES IN MY BACKYARD (BIMBY) PROJECT

$125.00

Help wild bees — become a citizen scientist!

We’re recruiting 150 Toronto households to join the Bees in My Backyard (BIMBY) Project.

You’ll:

  • Create a backyard wild bee sanctuary and collect important data to help scientists understand how we can all support city bees.
  • Learn how to identify wild bees — from tickle bees and bumblebees to metallic green sweat bees — that visit your garden.
  • Help University of Toronto Scarborough researchers study Toronto’s less-celebrated pollinators: wild bees.

Cost is $125 per household, and includes training and support from DSF and UTSC staff over six months, a BIMBY Citizen Science Kit and participation in three BIMBY workshops.

Your BIMBY Citizen Science Kit includes:

  • WILD BEE HOTEL: One custom-made, 11-inch BIMBY bee nesting tube for your garden
  • POLLINATOR PLANTS: 10 pollinator-friendly wildflowers in four-inch pots ($70 value)
  • MAGNIFYING GLASS
  • EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS: Butterfly, wild bee and native plant guides
  • BEE SANCTUARY GUIDE: DIY instructuions to create a wild bee sanctuary
  • BIMBY WORKSHOPS: Participation in the spring, summer and fall BIMBY workshops

You’ll submit data every two weeks and attend free workshops in spring, summer and fall. Each workshop includes program information and speakers.

You’ll:

  • Plant 10 native wildflowers and set aside at least one square metre of your garden as a wild bee sanctuary.
  • Submit a photo of your bee hotel and flowers in your yard every two weeks from spring to fall.
  • Attend spring, summer and fall BIMBY workshops and webinars.

Other BIMBY benefits:

  • Learn about nature in your neighbourhood.
  • Watch cavity-nesting bees up close in your wild bee hotel.
  • Create a wild bee sanctuary.
  • Make your yard a haven for butterflies and beneficial bugs.
  • Advance the science on wild bees, wildflowers and the urban form.
  • Support the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project.

If you can’t participate but want to support the project, you can become a Friend of BIMBY and purchase a BIMBY Kit for a Toronto school or community garden. Simply choose the Friend of BIMBY option here.

Note: This project is only open to Toronto-area residents. Kits must be picked up at the first workshop at the University of Toronto at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

For more information, please email contact@davidsuzuki.org.