The Town of Montreal West is proud to be certified as a Monarch-Friendly Town by the David Suzuki Foundation and join other cities across North America in helping protect the endangered Monarch butterfly by signing the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.

Montreal West Monarch butterfly educational garden

The Town is also committed to the development of a Monarch Butterfly Garden to ensure the continuity of our Town’s biodiversity and to offer the Monarch colonies a safe and healthy breeding ground. The butterfly garden, located at Roy D. Locke Park, will not only be host to an abundance of milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants, it will also provide an educational space for residents and the greater public to learn more about this species.

How is the garden helping the species?

The garden will provide shelter for Monarch butterflies throughout all stages of life.  The garden will be home to a variety of plants, including milkweed and nectar plants such as the Butterfly Milkweed and the New England Aster, all of which are essential to the life cycle of the Monarch.

Monarch Waystation certification

The Town’s Monarch Butterfly Educational Garden has also received a Monarch Waystation certification by the Monarch Watch, a non-profit organization committed to Monarch education and research, as well as the protection of the species. It is the highest certification awarded by this organization due to the size and the variety of planted species.

Mayor Masella holding the Waystation certificate

Mayor Masella holding the David Suzuki Foundation certificate

What can you do to help?

  • Add milkweed, native and honey plants in your gardens to offer butterflies a place to lay their eggs and a source of food.
  • Place garden in a sunny area, sheltered from strong winds. You can also select native plant or area-adapted species, utilize compost to feed your plants, and avoid using chemical fertilizers.
  • Reduce use of herbicides and insecticides whenever possible, which will benefit not only Monarchs, but also other non-pest species of plants, insects and animals.

Interesting resources

To learn more about the Monarch butterfly and what you can do to protect them, take a look at the resources below:

  • The Butterflyway Project is organized by the David Suzuki Foundation and provides volunteer opportunities for Canadians to become Butterflyway Rangers.
  • Mission Monarch is run by Espace Pour La Vie Insectarium and encourages residents to document the Monarchs’ reproductive success.
  • Monarch Oasis Certification recognizes household gardens that provide a sheltered habitat for the Monarch butterflies.
  • World Wildlife Fund provides a thorough overview on the Monarch butterfly species, and how you can even adopt a Monarch butterfly.