|Butterfly house before cleaning|
First, we cleaned out the butterfly house with a huge amount of help from the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Douglas Street Baptist Church. There was a lot of overgrown space in the structure, as well as old torn screening, wood, and thousands of staples. As of Wednesday the 24th the space has been completely cleaned out and is ready to be screened-in (1400 feet to go!). To help screen in the space we're asking community members to bring in any old screens (in or out of the frame is fine) as well as small aquariums that aren't being used. The small
In addition to the work that was done on the greenhouses we've also been raising 600 milkweed plants (read about those here) to feed our caterpillars and to provide seeds to the community. We will be keeping our milkweed seed-saving program going every year in the hopes that the Fredericton community will plant their own milkweed and increase the natural habitat of the Monarch. Our Greener Village flowerbeds have also been filled with butterfly-friendly flowers to feed any early-arriving Monarchs and to feed our own butterflies that have been raised on the grounds.
|Waystation signs are on their way!|
For more information on the Monarch and its status as a species of special concern, have a look here. This is an amazing species that could be eliminated at any time, and New Brunswick is crucial to its sustainability.