Monarch conservation is important for many reasons. First, conserving and creating monarch habitat will help many of our pollinators. Every third bite of food we eat comes to our table courtesy of a pollinator. Monarchs, bees and many other pollinators share much of the same habitat—so what happens to monarchs, happens to other pollinators. Monarchs are an indicator of the damage done to our environment—we can count them as they gather by the millions in Mexico. They are an indicator of what we cannot fully quantify—the loss of our pollinators and their habitat. We need to protect all of our pollinators—the many bees, birds, bats, and other insects that provide us with pollinator-services and ultimately put food on our tables.
Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.
This summer they are working to plant over 1000 swamp milkweed plants across Nova Scotia to help provide habitat and recover Monarch butterfly populations!
Stewardship biologists at MTRI and Parks Canada created the "Butterfly Club" to encourage local people to grow gardens with swamp milkweed, a non-noxious weed, that is beneficial to Monarch Butterflies. Every little bit counts. When you join, members have to sign an agreement that gardens will only be grown further than 20m from major roads (to avoid road-kill), and that pesticides and herbicides will not be used (to avoid harm to insects). To join the butterfly, click here for more information!
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Check out some promotional material below! Help out our monarchs!
|The Monarch Life Cycle, Other Native Butterflies and More!|
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