Protecting our Native Plants
The Butterflyway Project’s goal is to create neighbourhood-scale pathways of habitat for wild bees and butterflies. While the project has been based in the Metro Vancouver and Toronto areas for the past three years, this year’s 40 Butterflyway Rangers will be recruited from communities throughout the country. Until March 23, residents will be able to apply to become official Butterflyway Rangers. Participants will receive free online Ranger training, plus official T-shirts, wildflower seeds and garden signs.
Insect populations have declined by 45 per cent since 1974. Their disappearance affects nearly all flowering plants and the food webs they support. As renowned biologist E.O. Wilson said, insects are “the little things that run the world.”
“The good news is that cities can be a refuge for beneficial bugs like bees and butterflies,” Roberts said. “The Butterflyway Project aims to reimagine our gardens, lawns, roadsides, parks and schoolyards as part of neighbourhood-wide highways of habitat.”
The Butterflyway Project is founded by the David Suzuki Foundation and aims to engage citizens to be part of this important project