The role of non-native nectar in the diet of Monarch butterflies

Written on: February 2nd, 2023

By Heather Kharouba, with thanks to Zoe Pekos, Manon Veselovsky, Steph Rivest, and Greg Mitchell for their work on the project Are Ottawa’s native butterflies ...


Down to the nitty gritty: creating the Churchill Alternative School butterfly garden

Written on: February 22nd, 2020

by Berit Erickson Once I had created a successful pollinator garden of my own [see Berit’s Corner Pollinator Garden], I began to see prime locations for ...


City Hall pollinator garden – year 1 in review

Written on: November 25th, 2019

by Amy MacPherson (reproduced, with permission, from the Pollinators page on the City of Ottawa web site) In June 2019, the City of Ottawa established a small ...


Brenda’s garden

Written on: September 9th, 2019

by Brenda MacKenzie Our colourful but idiosyncratic garden is on an ordinary urban lot at 1826 Scott Street. At the front of the house, frustrated motorists on their ...


Plant it and they will come: my corner pollinator garden

Written on: November 27th, 2018

by Berit Erickson I’m not exaggerating when I say that my pollinator garden has changed my life. How can a garden possibly do that? Well, let me tell you… ...


Where Monarchs prefer to lay their eggs

Written on: December 12th, 2017

by Renate Sander-Regier Many of us have been diligently planting milkweeds for Monarchs, seeking to provide critical egg-laying sites for the female butterflies and ...