Butterfly preservation in Cooper Marsh

Jake Lapierre and Chris Doig from Union Gas, left, present a cheque to Brendan Jacobs and Roger Houde from the RRCA to fund a Monarch Butterfly habitat enhancement project. (Photo/Supplied)

CORNWALL – The habitat for butterflies around Cooper Marsh will be getting some improvements after the local conservation authority received a $2,500 grant.

The money from Union Gas goes to the Raisin Region Conservation Authority’s Monarch Habitat Enhancement Project.

The monarch butterfly migrates south and then returns to the area east of Cornwall in the spring.

The money will pay for planting native plant species such as local species of milkweed in areas to re-naturalize areas to enhance breeding habitat.

The RRCA says the biggest threat to the butterfly is loss of overwintering grounds, pesticide use and conversion of their breeding habitat.

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