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Wild Pollinators (Video)

Canada's blueberry crops are dependent on pollination by bees. But it's not just honey bees out there doing the work. Wild bees and other insects are effective pollinators as well. Learn more why it's important to protect habitats around blueberry fields.

Video Transcript

[An image and a maple leaf appear on screen. This is the title graphic for the video.]

[Light, acoustic music fades in.]

Text on screen: Wild Pollinators

[Tilt and Panning shot of blueberries.]

Narrator: Like many other crops in Canada, blueberries are dependant on pollination by bees.

[Rack focus on close up of blueberries.]

[Close up of bees in hive.]

Bees are the most important pollinators in the insect world. And it's not just honey bees out there doing the work.

[Cut to a shot of a wild bee on a flower.]

Wild bees are active crop pollinators as well.

[Cut to a field with a large number of bees.]

Wild bee species are highly diverse.

[Cut to a close up shot of a wild bee on a flower.]

They differ widely in their forage preferences, flight times, and tolerance of weather conditions.

[Cut to the inside of a hive with bees walking on honeycomb.]

Several wild bee species actively forage at lower temperatures...

[Cut to a shot of a wild bee on a flower.]

...and reduced sunlight which means they're excellent pollinators during long periods of inclement weather.

[Cut to blueberry farmers in field beside a Government of Canada vehicle.]

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist, Steve Javorek, is getting the message out that wild bees are a very efficient pollinator and are very important for blueberry crop production.

[Cut to Javorek addressing blueberry farmers gathered in a circle in a field.]

For Javorek it's about protecting their habitat, and making wild bees that live in the fringes of fields…

[Extreme close up of a bee pollinating a plant.]

… feel at home.

[Cut to medium close up shot of Research Biologist Steve Javorek standing in a field.]

Text on Screen: Steve Javorek Research Biologist Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Researcher Steve Javorek: Where do they nest? What do they feed on? How far will they go to get food? And trying to take all those components and build them into the design of blueberry systems…

[Cut to close up of a bee pollinating a flower.]

…so that we're able to keep these wild bees in good numbers…

[Wide shot of blueberry field.]

…close to the blueberry fields…

[Close up of a bee pollinating a flower.]

…so when we need the pollination in the spring…

[Cut back to medium close up shot of Steve Javorek standing in a field.]

…we've got that community of, here in P.E.I. over 60 species of bees…

[Cut to Javorek addressing blueberry farmers at a tree line in a field.]

… ready to help with the pollination.

Narrator: Javorek is telling growers that by maintaining bushes and shrubs…

[Close up of a bee pollinating a flower.]

…in the blueberry landscape…

[Close up of a bee pollinating a plant.]

…more bees will be working the fields during pollination time.

[Cut back to a medium close up to show Steve Javorek standing in a field.]

Javorek: We're getting the benefits from honeybees still, but we're also starting to get the benefits of these wild bees.

[Cut to a wide, over the shoulder angle of Javorek addressing blueberry farmers gathered in a field.]

Narrator: Javorek's message to blueberry growers is simple.

[Cut to a close up of bees in a hive.]

Protecting bee habitat will protect blueberry crops by protecting the pollinators that help make them possible.

[Cut to zoom of Government of Canada Publications webpage.]

Text on screen: Government of Canada Publications, Native pollinators and agriculture in Canada

His message coincides with a guide on native pollinators…

[Cut to a tilt shot of Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada guide on webpage.]

Text on screen: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada

…published by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.

[Cut to tilt scene of figures and diagrams related to bee practices in online guide.]

It contains detailed information on how to create and protect wild bee habitat.

[Cut to a medium close up of Javorek talking in front of tree line.]

Javorek: Pollinators in the landscape is a good thing, so we hope a guide like this really can focus attention on pollinators and those vital services that they do provide.

[Cut to a zoom and rack focus illustration of bees near a fence post in online guide.]

Narrator: The native pollinators and agriculture in Canada guide…

[Cut to tile photos of bee keeping and bees on bottom of white screen.]

…can be found on our website.

Text on screen: Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada Guide. Find it at www.agr.gc.ca

Text on screen: Modern. Innovative. Growing. Discover other agricultural innovations at www.agr.gc.ca.

[Light, acoustic music fades out.]

Text on screen: Canada, (c) Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2016).

[Fade to black.]

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