The David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian non-profit environmental organization dedicated to finding solutions through science-based research, public engagement and policy work.
Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. Our vision is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature.
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for wild pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies throughout Canada.
Pollinators are crucial to human survival. They help produce one-third of the food we eat and help wild plants produce berries, fruits and seeds. But climate change and widespread pesticide use are compromising pollinator habitat and food sources. They need our help.
The Butterflyway Project began in five cities in 2017. We recruited a team of volunteer Butterflyway Rangers in each community. Their mission was to plant pollinator-friendly native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks. Their goal was to establish local “Butterflyways” by planting at least a dozen pollinator patches in each neighbourhood.
Over the past three years, we’ve recruited and trained 599 Butterflyway Rangers. They’ve connected with neighbours, schools, city agencies, businesses and community groups, helped get 28,908 butterfly-friendly wildflowers into the ground and created more than 764 pollinator patches — establishing Butterflyways in nine Canadian communities!
The Butterflyway Project shows that a small group of residents can make a big difference.
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