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David Suzuki Foundation seeks applicants for Butterflyway Project

Project aims to boost wild bee and butterfly populations in neighbourhoods across the country
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Orillia's Morgan Mansfield is calling on local residents to create pollinator gardens to help ensure the future of monarch butterflies. If you are interested, the David Suzuki Foundation is recruiting volunteers to become 'butterfly rangers' and help Morgan boost bee and butterfly populations.

The David Suzuki Foundation is recruiting volunteers from across Canada to take part in the Butterflyway Project. This award-winning project taps into the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers, affectionately referred to as Butterflyway Rangers, to boost wild bee and butterfly populations in neighbourhoods throughout Canada.

READ: Orillia's Morgan Mansfield is calling on local residents to help create pollinator gardens so Orillia can be designated an official 'Butterflyway'

Butterflyway Rangers are part of a national network of pollinator advocates, educators, gardeners and land stewards. They receive support and training from David Suzuki Foundation staff and experts via monthly webinars and online resources, and connect with one another through online meetups, social media and in-person gatherings.

Rangers and their projects vary greatly but all are focused on creating a Butterflyway, which is 12 or more habitat gardens close together. Other activities include hosting and participating in events such as seed swaps, plant sales, community plantings and seasonal fairs.

To learn more about the Ranger role and how to apply, please visit the David Suzuki Foundation website. Applications will be accepted between Jan. 30 and Feb. 13, 2023.

“Since 2017, Butterflyway Rangers have created and cared for thousands of native plant gardens that support pollinators, beautify neighbourhoods and connect communities,” says Winnie Hwo, senior public engagement specialist with the David Suzuki Foundation. “They are a powerful force for good.”

Over the past six years, Rangers in hundreds of communities from Comox, British Columbia, to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, have established more than 7,000 habitat gardens and 91 Butterflyways in their neighbourhoods. These gardens provide food and shelter for wild bees and butterflies, while also contributing to the beauty and sustainability of neighbourhoods.

“Cascades is proud to have helped the Butterflyway Project grow and blossom over the past six years,” said Hugo D’Amours, vice-president, communications, public affairs and sustainable development at Cascades. “We believe that together we can alter the landscape of our neighbourhoods and workplaces from simple-looking lawns to something great!”