Mark Your Calendars – Go Wild, Grow Wild Is BACK!

Mark Your Calendars – Go Wild, Grow Wild Is BACK!

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Go Wild Grow Wild Expo – Adventurers, Gardeners, Nature Lovers, Families Welcome – 2018 Expo, April 7
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Mark Your Calendars!
Go Wild Grow Wild is BACK!

GoWildGrowWild.ca
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Metroland Media Agriplex• Western Fair District •London, Ontario

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Greening the Future Together
The essential Expo for wild & green people

Come join us for the largest gathering of the region’s businesses, experts, organizations, and groups committed to growing a greener future. Go Wild Grow Wild will inspire you to discover wild places, grow great gardens and live green in Carolinian Canada.

Registration is now open for interested exhibitors at gowildgrowwild.ca

Register your booth before January 25th to avoid late fees!

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We Are Growing! NEW FOR 2018

GREEN LIVING ZONE
Build a sustainable and green life.

+GREEN MARKETPLACE
A collection of vendors to make your home, backyard and community more green and sustainable.

+More of What You Love
5 workshop areas, Wild Child passports, live wildlife shows, 100+ exhibitors, eco-healthy food and drink, Friday Kick-off and much more.

Registration is now open for interested exhibitors at gowildgrowwild.ca

Register your booth before January 25th to avoid late fees!

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Immerse yourself in nature on your doorstep and discover Canada’s biodiversity hotspot. Carolinian Canada’s diverse network advances a strategic ‘Big Picture’ vision for healthy landscapes from Toronto to Windsor. Join this year to grow Canada by supporting local trees, wildflowers and wildlife in Canada’s deep south. Together we green the future.

EXPLORE CAROLINIANCANADA.CA
Who are we? We are a strong coalition of groups and individuals who care about the unique nature of the Carolinian zone. Our Board includes major conservation groups and stakeholders: caroliniancanada.ca/board-directors. Our team works across the zone caroliniancanada.ca/staff. (Canadian Registered Charity 83559 4722 RR0001) Carolinian Canada Coalition is charity with a mandate for conservation, research and education.

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Monarch Playgrounds – Create A Butterfly Garden!

Monarch Playgrounds – Create A Butterfly Garden!

From Nature Canada. (www.naturecanada.com):

This blog was written by Nature Canada writing intern Amanda Simard.

Why it’s important

Over the last 20 years, the Monarch population has seen an 80% drop. As of the 2016 assessment by the Committee on the Status Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), the Monarch Butterfly is designated “threatened,” and its status under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) is “Special Concern.”  While severe storms are a factor in this decline, one of the main problems is the near eradication of milkweed due to overuse of pesticides.

Milkweed is crucial to this butterfly—they depend on it during their egg and larval stages for food and protection. The decline of milkweed wreaks havoc on Monarch reproduction, but there is something you can do! Grow your own Monarch-friendly garden and give a home to this majestic butterfly.

How to create a Monarch-friendly garden

Plant milkweed

Milkweed comes in many varieties that are indigenous to Canada. Opt for local plants when you can, they are already adapted to the climate and won’t require watering or fertilizer.

Local milkweed varieties include:

  • Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) | blooms June to early August
  • Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) | blooms June to September
  • Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) | blooms June to September
  • Poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata) | blooms June to early August

Plant nectar flowers

Adult Monarchs require nectar as a food source.

Local varieties of wildflowers are an excellent pick, and make sure to include colour! Butterflies generally like yellow, pink and orange flowers.

Some of the wildflowers Monarchs prefer include:

  • Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) | blooms May to September
  • New England aster (Aster novae-angliae) | blooms August to October
  • Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) | blooms July to August
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) | blooms June to September
  • Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) | blooms June to August
  • Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) | blooms July to September

A place for rest and water

Try to include flat stones where butterflies can perch, spread their wings and bask in the sun. Additionally, damp spots or puddles in the soil allow butterflies to drink and replenish the minerals they need.

For more information about Monarchs and the plants to use in your garden, consult The Monarch Guide—our pamphlet with all the information you need.

Read the entire blog posting at http://naturecanada.ca/news/blog/monarch-playgrounds-create-a-butterfly-garden/

Making a Big Difference for Tiny Creatures

Making a Big Difference for Tiny Creatures

As you know, monarch butterflies are in serious trouble. You can do your part by calling on the federal government to take immediate action to protect them.

Sending an email may seem small, but you’ll combine your voice with tens of thousands of others, to push our elected officials to act.

There’s more you can do to help monarchs! Check out the Monarch Manifesto:
http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/monarchmanifesto

And be sure to check out the new Butterflyway Project. Volunteer Butterflyway Rangers are bringing nature home to neighbourhoods in five cities across the country! Stay tuned for more butterfly-friendly fun at http://butterflyway.davidsuzuki.org/.