Interview of Woman for Nature Laren Stadelman, MBA, FCMC, President of Stadelman Consulting Inc., management consultant, and coach by Woman for Nature Sharolyn Mathieu Vettese. Sharolyn (S): A few years ago, you successfully nurtured a Monarch butterfly from egg to adulthood. What was that like? Laren (L): It was exciting, and I got more out of it than I expected. I had grown up with Monarchs at the cottage, and they were quite plentiful when I was young. I’d been seeing fewer and fewer of them so when I read an article about raising Monarchs, I decided to give it a try. I got to see firsthand all the stages of metamorphosis from egg to butterfly and it was really… read more →
This blog was written by writing intern Amanda Simard. Monarch Butterflies are a classic sign of summer but it is becoming increasingly rare to catch sight of them. In the following post, learn how you can create a Monarch-friendly garden to attract this beautiful butterfly to your own backyard! Why it’s important Over the last 20 years, the Monarch population has seen an 80% drop. As of the 2016 assessment by the Committee on the Status Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), the Monarch Butterfly is designated “threatened,” and its status under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) is “Special Concern.” While severe storms are a factor in this decline, one of the main problems is the near eradication of milkweed… read more →
Interview of new Woman for Nature Wendy MacKeigan, by Woman for Nature Sharolyn Mathieu Vettese. Sharolyn: Wendy, welcome to Women for Nature! You are the Executive Vice-President of SK Films that has won major awards in Canada, and internationally for its nature films, and shows. You co-wrote Flight of the Butterflies, the IMAX 3D hit starring Gordon Pinsent as the Canadian scientist, Fred Urquhart who solved the mystery of the Monarch butterflies’ amazing migration from Canada to the remote mountain forests in Mexico. Let’s start with the Monarchs since I care deeply about them, and have been twice to see them in Mexico’s UNESCO Biosphere Monarca. What prompted you to do this film? Wendy: It’s a great scientific detective story,… read more →
This blog was written by Audrey Armstrong. Back in 1977, filmmakers Peter and Fran Mellen created a poetic movie, Monarchs, filmed along the Rocky Saugeen River in Grey County, ON. They also travelled to the newly discovered overwintering sites of Monarchs in Michoacan, Mexico to film the amazing story of the Monarchs’ astonishing migration and life cycle. I had recently graduated from the Ontario College of Art and found a job as a researcher with the Mellens. I learned about Monarchs and was hooked by the magnificent butterfly. Since then, during a 3 decade teaching career, I have incorporated Monarchs in my work with children. Trying to instil the awe and wonder I first found in the meadows of the… read more →
This blog was written by Pierre Sadik, our Senior Advisor, Species at Risk. The plight of the iconic and beautiful Monarch butterfly is still deteriorating as the Canadian government continues to lag its North American partners in helping Monarchs. In December of 2016 the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) reassessed the struggling Monarch under the federal Species at Risk Act and, based on the best available science and data, came to the conclusion that the Monarch butterfly is now a “threatened” species. This represents a dramatic deterioration in assessment status from COSEWIC’s previous finding five years ago that the Monarch was only a species of “Special Concern”. COSEWIC’s assessment will be formally considered by the Minister… read more →
It’s been more than two and a half years since the three leaders of North America last met. So it was great that Prime Minister Trudeau, President Obama, and President Nieto gathered in Ottawa last week to sign the North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan. While the Action Plan’s commitments on clean energy and climate received most of the attention, commitments on biodiversity–such as continuing efforts to conserve Monarch Butterflies and their habitat–are also important. During the official announcements on June 29, Presidents Nieto and Obama proudly touched upon the heritage importance of the Monarch Butterfly. The specific mention of the eastern population of Monarchs was a nice surprise in the Action Plan, really emphasizing the trilateral… read more →
Check out this fantastic video of a monarch butterfly emerging from its Chrysalis!
A specific kind of insecticide has been harming bees worldwide. But it is starting to have a ripple effect. A study in the Netherlands has shown that there has been a decline in farmland birds. They trace the decline to the use of a particular kind of insecticide known as neonicotinoids on insects. Many birds eat insects or feed it to their young. But if their food has been contaminated then it’s possible for even a single kernel of corn to cause the birds to get sick or even die. Check out National Geographic’s excellent video on neonicotinoids here: The insecticides are also killing insects, giving birds not enough food to eat. The results could be negative to the effects… read more →