Richmond Butterflyway

Now in its third year, the Richmond Butterflyway is all about growth, not only for pollinator plantings and butterflies, but also for Butterflyway Rangers and their collaborative efforts.

About the Richmond Butterflyway

The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada.

Richmond residents were among the first to join the project in 2017. Our Richmond Rangers have built 50 Butterflyway patches in the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. Many of our Richmond Rangers have been with us from the beginning, and new Rangers are also coming onboard.  

When Lynda Pasacreta joined the Butterlfyway Project two years ago, she wrote about it in her regular Richmond News column. From the start, the Richmond Butterflyway Project was blessed with helpful information and support from the city’s parks and recreation department. Staff have come to our trainings to brief new Rangers on how to adopt parks, traffic roundabouts and cul-de-sacs.

When the Richmond Butterflyway Project started three years ago, city parks and recreation coordinator Emily Toda joined our training to share city rules and advice. Last year, after she got married, we introduced her as Emily Sargeant to our new Rangers. Now, she’s on maternity leave and we are working closely with her colleague Magnus Sinclair. Magnus joined our meetings and met with our new Rangers, giving them important pointers about planting for wild pollinators.

Richmond Rangers are also lucky to get support from Richmond Foundation and Vancouver Foundation’s Small Neighbourhood Grant this year and are also helping each other, taking care of the second Butterfly patch at Paulik Park that the Richmond Garden Club so generously designated.

Butterflyway Ranger Janice Chan, a teacher and mother, joined the project in 2018. This season, she renewed her commitment to plant for her neighbourhood cul-de-sac as a mother of two. Janice gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Abraham, in December and also has daughter Madeleine, a young toddler who already loves planting. Janice is now planning to expand the Burton Drive cul-de-sac Butterflyway.

Richmond Rangers teachers share their knowledge about butterflies and bees with students as they expand their pollinator gardens and plant for butterflies and wild bees. Students Rangers from Richmond High help with weeding and planting on Saturday mornings. While Woodward Elementary and A.R. MacNeill Secondary students Rangers join us in festivals and parades.

Butterflyway Rangers have shown up for planting parties, the Canada Day Salmon Festival in Steveston, the Garlic Festival at the Richmond Sharing Farm, the City of Richmond’s annual Farm Fest at Garden City Lands, the first Paulik Park Crawl co-hosted by Richmond Food Security Society, Mitchell School Summer Celebration, the Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale hosted by the Richmond Garden Club.

Before the start of the 2019 season, Rangers like Lynda Pasacreta, Anne-Marie Fenn and Merle Ames have also helped plan the program by joining the planning committee and more. There is little they won’t do to help butterflies and wild pollinators find food and shelter!

Richmond Butterflyway map

Richmond Butterflyway locations

Use this interactive map to explore the locations of butterfly-friendly pollinator patches that volunteer Butterflyway Rangers established in Richmond with the support of local residents, groups, schools, city officials and Foundation staff.

The green bubbles on the map show the great work our Rangers have done this year with new and expanded plantings. The red and blue bubbles show where Richmond Butterflyway Rangers have planted since 2017.