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As of July 9 – New monarch butterfly educational garden

The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, Morris Trudeau, is pleased to invite residents to the inauguration of the new monarch butterfly educational garden on July 9, starting at 1:30 p.m., at the intersection of Belmont and Saddlewood Avenues on the municipal lot next to Terra-Cotta Park.

“The garden was created to fight the disappearance of monarch butterflies and allow residents to learn more about this species,” states Mayor Trudeau.

The garden features three interpretive panels illustrating and explaining the characteristics of monarchs, including the insect’s evolution, migration, reproduction, and the pollination process. An amount of $17,120 of the subsidy obtained by the City of Pointe-Claire as part of the CN EcoConnections From the Ground Up program to protect Terra-Cotta Natural Park was reserved for the interpretive panels.

The inauguration will include many activities for the whole family, such as the release of 100 monarchs, a guided tour of the garden, face painting, an educational activity with caterpillars, as well as butterfly-themed crafts. There will be a water station where you can refill your reusable water bottle. Bags of milkweed seeds, the plant on which monarch caterpillars feed, will be distributed thanks to the contribution of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Moreover, the $3,239 subsidy was also used to add paving stones to mark paths.

“The Foundation is pleased to support the monarch educational garden in Pointe-Claire by helping to make this area even greener in order to create a place for the whole community to watch butterflies,” states Violaine Pronovost, Regional Director of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for the Quebec and Atlantic regions.

The garden has received Monarch Waystation certification by Monarch Watch, a non-profit organization that encourages monarch education and research, as well as the protection of this species. It is the highest certification awarded by this organization due to the size and the variety of planted species.

“We care deeply about developing new projects that ensure permanent biodiversity in our area and we want to offer the best possible environment to current and future generations,” says Mayor Trudeau.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the evening, at 6 p.m.

Information: 514-630-1200, communications@pointe-claire.ca