Kingston Community Health Centres have announced the launch of the the Butterflyway Project, an initiative of The David Suzuki Foundation.
Inspired by a desire to reconnect our isolated community in a way that is both fun and COVID safe, this movement is creating habitat for local bees and butterflies in communities throughout Canada.
Stephanie Wheeler, Butterflyway Ranger for Kingston’s Rideau Heights neighbourhood, says, “We can all help fill our neighbourhoods with native wildflowers that support pollinating insects and connect the community in a collective activity that is done individually.”
To participate, residents are encourage to start small by adding native plants to their gardens or even go large and grow a pollinators’ paradise. People with balconies or small areas may want to consider a planter to keep things buzzing. The options are limitless and the goal is to have fun and bring community together through a shared activity. Residents are also encouraged to create a sign for their pollinator patch identifying it as a Butterflyway and invite others to create their own.
Wheeler adds that there are many ways to be involved, from small plantings to becoming Deputy Butterflyway Rangers. Her team has put together a native plant guide, and would be happy to provide more information and guidance to anyone who is interested.
For more information, reach out to Stephanie Wheeler at [email protected]