About the Richmond Butterflyway
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada.
In 2017, Butterflyway Rangers came together in Richmond to plant butterfly and wild pollinator–friendly plants in more than two-dozen neighbourhoods. They adopted parks, worked on their own gardens, encouraged their neighbours to do the same and created butterflyway patches at their schools.
By the end of the 2017 season, Richmond Rangers had learned how to make healthy, sustainable meals, shared their passion for butterflies and wild bees with fellow Richmond citizens at major events like the Salmon Festival, Garlic Festival and Harvest Festival, and learned what to plant and how to care for butterfly and wild pollinator habitats. With help from the city’s sustainability office and parks department, Richmond Rangers planted a network of two dozen butterfly-friendly gardens in schoolyards, city properties, neighbourhood parks and private yards.
This year, a new team of Richmond Rangers joined “alumni” Rangers to expand the work that began a year ago. At their training, the new Rangers learned about butterflies and other wild pollinators. A half-day workshop at a local pesticide-free nursery also taught them about planting and plant selection.
New Rangers far exceeded the expectation of building a dozen butterfly and wild pollinator–friendly patches. Together, they established 25 pollinator patches in new neighbourhoods, like South Arm, Steveston and Garden City. Young Butterflyway Rangers from Woodward Elementary were a big hit at the annual Steveston Salmon Festival parade, winning the Trolley Award. And three Richmond schools celebrated becoming the first Butterflyway Schools, receiving a beautiful cedar plaque.
2019 Butterflyway Ranger activities
Wild pollinators such as butterflies, bees and birds are crucial to human survival. Climate change and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The national Butterflyway Project aims to help people step up efforts to help pollinators find food and shelter.
This year, Richmond Butterflyway Rangers will join Vancouver and District of North Vancouver Rangers to:
- Plant pollinator-friendly native wildflowers in and around their properties and neighbourhoods
- Encourage friends, neighbours and school communities to do the same
- Help build municipal- and neighbourhood-scale highways of pollinator habitat
- As citizen scientists, identify prevalent butterfly species and the locations they frequent
We look forward to working with our passionate new Rangers to make a real difference for critical species humans depend on for food and well-being every day.
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.