July 15, 2018 1:00 pm
Mission Monarch and the Montréal Insectarium need your help! Once again this year, they will be conducting a Monarch bioblitz from July 28 to August 5. But to find out where the Monarchs are, how many eggs they are laying, and whether caterpillars are surviving, they need all of us to look!
On Sunday, July 15, project coordinator André-Philippe Drapeau Picard will be at the FWG to tell us more about the mission, about the Monarch, and how we can help. His presentation will be followed by an outing at the FWG to look for Monarch eggs and caterpillars. We’ve already seen at least one Monarch at the garden this year, so we are hoping to find its offspring.
Last year, the FWG participated in Mission Monarch by hosting a training workshop like this one. Then during the bioblitz period, a few of us gathered to count eggs and caterpillars at the FWG and in the milkweed fields south of Ottawa International Airport. Some volunteers also monitored country property or a neighbourhood park and reported their sightings.
This is an easy way to contribute to Monarch conservation and a great opportunity to learn more about this amazing creature.