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Welcoming butterflies to Montreal laneways


Monarch butterflies are becoming a rare sight across North America. In fact, their numbers have dropped more than 90% over the past two decades.1  Montreal’s “Discovering Butterflies” program is trying to counteract this trend by creating butterfly-friendly habitats in unlikely locations – the back lanes and alleyways of the Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie area, with funding from TD FEF.

Last summer, the borders of seven neighbourhood lanes were planted with species that attract butterflies. This summer, the alleyways will receive a kit from Insectarium Montréal that includes caterpillars and monarch chrysalides. Program participants will care for the insects for 21 days until the butterflies emerge and begin their migration to Mexico, carrying a tracking number for research purposes.

The “Discovering Butterflies” program also includes interactive activities that help teach local children the importance of pollinators and biodiversity (see feature article).

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1. Center for Biological Diversity, August 2014.


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