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Toronto, June 18 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory today proclaimed June 18 to 24 as National Pollinator Week (NPW) in the City of Toronto, media reports said.
NPW would be celebrated, said Tory, with community art project, in which local artist Eric Gold would reportedly participate in the creation of a painting of Toronto's official bee, the metallic green sweat bee.
Residents are being invited to join the community art project which will take place under the Live Green Toronto tent in the Family Fun Zone at the Redpath Waterfront Festival on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday June 24 from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission to the festival would reportedly be free.
"Pollinators are part of a healthy, sustainable Toronto," said Tory. "The City is committed to raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and working with the community to support them."
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
"This community art project is a fun way to celebrate our efforts to support pollinators in Toronto," said Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Chair of the City's Parks and Environment Committee. "I encourage Toronto residents to learn about Toronto's official bee and participate in this project."
A large photo of Toronto's official bee would be divided by artist Eric Gold into 100 small segments.
Each Participant will receive a segment and would be provided with a blank piece of paper and be asked to paint what they see.
This process allows for individual expression, and each piece will be a unique work of art that then creates the whole.
Toronto City Council selected the metallic green sweat bee, whose latin name is Agapostemon virescens, as Toronto's official bee earlier this year with a goal of raising awareness of Toronto's diverse native bee community, .
The selection of the green sweat bee was based on the fact that it was common and easy to recognize.
Also unlike other types of bees, green sweat bee welcomes other bees and shares communal nests in the ground.
Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators.
Some species are in decline due to habitat loss and other stressors.
City Council, earlier this year, adopted a Pollinator Protection Strategy to identify a set of guiding principles.
It came out with six priorities and 30 actions that the City and community can take to protect pollinators, such as the metallic green sweat bee.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)