This is an Ontario Nature (ON) Action Alert. For all ON action alerts please see http://www.ontarionature.org/act/action_alerts/index.php
Have your say in protecting Ontario’s monarch butterflies
As warmer weather approaches, we – Ontario Nature Youth Council members – are anticipating the arrival of one of the most magical insects in the province, the monarch butterfly. Last year, monarchs had one of the worst years in history due to a number of factors along their extensive migration route. Unfortunately, this declining population trend may continue and 2014 could be the worst year for these butterflies yet. With the decline of monarchs, we are worried not only about losing a precious piece of biodiversity, but also about the loss of a significant pollinator.
Monarch larva on backyard self-seeded milkweed. photo Pauline Donaldson
Please take action with Ontario Nature’s Youth Council to bring the monarch butterfly back from the brink. The provincial government is proposing to take an important step to help monarchs, and we need to show them that they have strong public support. Currently, milkweed is designated as a noxious weed in Ontario, meaning that landowners must remove this species from their properties. This designation is detrimental because milkweed is the sole host plant for monarch caterpillars. In fact, scientists now believe that the decline of monarchs is linked to the eradication of milkweed (food source for monarch larva). Fortunately, the government is proposing to remove milkweed from the noxious weed list, which will result in healthier habitats for monarchs.
Please join us and support the government’s proposal to remove milkweed from the noxious weed list. Comments on the proposal can be made through the Environmental Registry, and must be submitted by April 14th. Be sure to mention the EBR Registry number: 012-1204
Or, you can send a form letter through Ontario Nature’s website.
Please let your friends know about this opportunity to help the monarch.
By taking this step, you will be doing your part to protect a provincial treasure and ensure young people like us will have a future where monarchs thrive.
Thank you for your support.
Jayden, Joyce & Sally
On behalf of the Ontario Nature Youth Council