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David Suzuki Foundation Butterflyways Research

Fondation David Suzuki | University of Guelph


Agency Type
NGO, University

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat

Original Language

Starting in September 2015, the David Suzuki Foundation has been partnering with researchers at the University of Guelph to “find the most ecological and cost-effective methods to restore monarch habitat—providing scientifically-based guidance for the growing movement to recover dwindling pollinators through habitat restoration” along linear infrastructure corridors such as train corridors, city parks and utility stations or rights-of-way (David Suzuki Foundation 2015).

The researchers believe linear infrastructure corridors will provide a landscape of great opportunity for pollinators. This project is taking place simultaneously with other organizations’ efforts in the United States to create a monarch flyway along the Interstate Highway 35, running from Minnesota to Texas. Infrastructure corridors can provide a large acreage of monarch and pollinator habitat, and are often required to be undeveloped, for safety and regulatory reasons—providing an excellent opportunity to install habitat in otherwise under-utilized lands. “Initial research [for this project] will be conducted along three corridors in southern Ontario, including the Uxbridge Subdivision on Metrolinx’s Stouffville GO Train corridor; lands adjacent to a Hydro One Transformer Station in Vaughan; and a habitat restoration site within the Milne Dam Conservation Park in the City of Markham” (David Suzuki Foundation 2015).

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