Protecting the Monarch Butterfly – in Canada and Internationally
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Nature Canada staff work every day to protect wildlife and their habitats in Canada – it’s at the heart of our mission. Many species also require an international effort to protect them throughout their range. For example, as a Canadian co-partner of BirdLife International, we frequently work to protect migratory birds in both their Canadian breeding grounds and their southern wintering grounds.
But it’s not just birds that migrate – Nature Canada is also working to protect another iconic winged species – the Monarch butterfly.
Working with partners such as the Monarch Teachers Network of Canada and the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club’s Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Nature Canada is working to conserve Monarch habitat and is raising awareness among Canadians about how to increase Monarch habitat in Canada. We organized a migration parade from Parliament Hill to raise the profile of Monarchs that unfortunately had to be cancelled as it was scheduled on the same day of the tragic Ottawa shootings in October of last year.
As well as being a national voice for nature in Canada, Nature Canada is also raising our voice at the international level to protect Monarch butterflies.
I have met with the Mexican Ambassador to discuss Monarchs. I have also written a letter to Prime Minister Harper to urge him to keep Monarch conservation high on the agenda in trilateral discussions with US President Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto, and for all three countries to move from talk to real action for the Monarch.
Nature Canada will continue to raise our voice for nature, for the Monarch butterfly and for all Canadian wildlife and wild spaces. Sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates.
Are you protecting Monarchs, too? Why not add your efforts to the map using our YardMap Canada portal?