Scott MacIvor is an Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology at the University of Toronto at Scarborough in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Scott is also a researcher at the Green Roof Innovation Testing (GRIT) lab at the University of Toronto in the faculty of Landscape Architecture. Scott has published 12 peer-reviewed articles on green roof ecology and performance, and works with the City of Toronto Planning Division on a number of projects, which have included the ‘Bees of Toronto’ Biodiversity Series book, and the ‘Guidelines for Biodiverse Green Roofs’.

Today we’re talking about the Bees of Toronto book, what makes the city special for pollinators, and why urban habitats are so important for bee conservation.

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“We are really interested in mainstreaming biodiversity.” – Scott MacIvor

Show Notes:

  • Why Toronto is a great place for bees
  • How the history of Toronto has made it a great place for pollinators
  • The different kinds of bees that you can find in Toronto
  • Is there such a thing as an invasive bee or not?
  • How they came about writing the Bees of Toronto book
  • The many different types of people who care for bees in Toronto
  • Why more and more of people’s experiences with nature are happen within an urban realm
  • How artists are being inspired by pollinators
  • Some of the threats to bee declines in cities
  • Why soil conditions are important for more than 75% of the bees in Toronto
  • The limiting factors of studying bees in cities
  • Why cities might act as a refuge for bees
  • How bees interact with their landscapes in different ways
  • Why all landscapes need to be conservation areas

“We know about our bees in Toronto than almost any other city in the world.” – Scott MacIvor

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