Did you know that there are almost 200 species of butterflies recorded in British Columbia? And that the western monarch butterfly population last year dropped by about 85 percent from the previous year?
Did you also know that butterflies are good wild pollinators but that many populations are in serious decline due to pesticide use, rising temperatures, and habitat depletion?
Would you like to help?
The David Suzuki Foundation, as part of its two-year-old Butterflyway Project (which began in Toronto, Montreal, Victoria, and a few other cities), is recruiting B.C. citizen scientists to become Butterflyway Rangers in Vancouver, Richmond, and the North Shore.
According to a Suzuki Foundation bulletin, ranger duties will include the following:
- Plant pollinator-friendly native wildflowers in and around their properties and neighbourhoods
- Encourage friends, neighbours, school communities and partners to do the same - such as the new pollinator plot set for VIA Rail’s Pacific Central Station in Vancouver
- Help build municipal- and neighbourhood-scale highways of pollinator habitat
- As citizen scientists, identify prevalent butterfly species and the locations they frequent
Recruitment started on February 4 and will continue for a few weeks, with a one-day training program in early March at the UBC Botanical Garden.
B.C. team leader Winnie Hwo said in the release: “Wild pollinators such as butterflies, bees and birds are crucial to human survival, but climate change and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The national Butterflyway Project helps people step up efforts to help pollinators find food and shelter.
“If you’re passionate about gardening and protecting pollinators, apply to become a Butterflyway Ranger,” Hwo said. “You’ll make a real difference for critical species humans depend on for food and well-being every day.”
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