1. What’s a Butterflyway?
A Butterflyway is a loosely connected corridor of wildflower patches. From a butterfly’s perspective, it’s a highway of habitat! While many groups offer programs and certification for creating pollinator habitat, the Butterflyway Project empowers residents to transform their neighbourhoods, one creative community project at a time.
2. How can I get involved?
We’re currently recruiting volunteer Butterflyway Rangers in Richmond and Victoria, B.C.; Toronto and Markham, Ontario; and in Montreal, Quebec. We’ll help them in establish networks of butterfly-friendly habitat in their neighbourhoods.
3. How can I become a Butterflyway Ranger?
To join the first wave of Butterflyway Rangers, apply here before your community deadline. We’ll get back to each applicant within a week of the deadline.
4. What am I committing to if become a Ranger?
All selected Rangers commit to:
- Attending a one- or two-day training (depending on your city) in April
- Participating in projects and/or events between spring and fall 2017
At training sessions, experts will provide information about local butterflies and native plants, and inspirational guidance on how to bring community projects to life. Following training, staff from DSF, partner groups and agencies will help Rangers start creative local projects, such as plantings on private or public lands, and hosting community events. Time commitment varies on whether you want to assist in or lead a project — be prepared to spend at least a few hours a week. For examples of fun projects past volunteers have created, check out the Homegrown National Park Project website.
5. I live outside this year’s project neighbourhoods… How can I get involved?
The best way to stay in touch is by subscribing to receive our email (you can unsubscribe at any time) or by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ll post Butterflyway Project updates on each of these platforms. Once we recruit our Ranger troops, we’ll provide general information about how to create butterfly and bee habitat in any neighbourhood.
6. Butterflies are nice, but what about the bees?
The Butterflyway Project aims to inspire people across the country to plant native wildflowers. This is good news for both butterflies and bees. Wild bees (such as bumblebees, and mason, mining and carpenter bees) and European honeybees (which give us delicious honey!) are essential pollinators that feast on nectar from many of the same wildflowers as butterflies. So planting a butterfly-friendly garden helps bees and other beneficial critters, too.
7. Where can I get more information about pollinators?
To find out more about wild bees and butterflies, check out this page. Watch for more information on this website as the Butterflyway Project develops.