Monday, June 1, 2015

Ontario Trails - Leamington restoring Monarch Butterfly Trail





The Town of Leamington has partnered with Parks Canada to restore butterfly and bird habitat with the opening of Leamington Monarch Trail.
On Tuesday starting at 10am, community volunteers will gather and remove invasive and non-native species and begin planting gardens of milkweed supported by native grasses and wildflowers.
The first phase of this multi-phase project will commence along a 0.5 km stretch of walking trail from Robson Road to Seacliff Drive. The Leamington Monarch Trail gardens will provide food and habitat for migrating birds and butterflies, especially monarch butterflies, to refuel before continuing on their long journey.
Leamington and Point Pelee National Park will continue to work together on this multi-phase project to plant gardens of milkweed and supporting plants along approximately 5 kms of urban trails within Leamington’s 17 km trail system.
“Because Parks Canada is always exploring innovative ways to engage Canadians in conservation and restoration projects, we’re really excited here at Point Pelee National Park to be working with the Municipality of Leamington to connect Canadians to nature. The native grasses, wildflowers and milkweed planted along the Municipality’s walking trails will not only attract birds and butterflies, but also offer Canadians natural spaces to connect with nature” said Karen Linauskas, Superintendent, Point Pelee National Park.
“It is the Municipality’s vision that this project will help restore and support the large number of monarch butterflies that migrate through the Leamington area and create a natural spectacle to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike” said Peter Neufeld, Chief Administrative Officer.