Port Colborne
Friday, November 27, 2015

Save a Monarch

Plant a Milkweed, Save a Monarch

The noxious weed list, Regulation 1096 of the Weed Control Act, has been updated. Dogstrangling vine and black dog-strangling vine, have been added to the noxious weed list, while all milkweed species have been removed. These changes are effective immediately.

Common milkweed is toxic to grazing livestock and at one time was considered to be a threat to activities on agricultural and horticultural land. Today, however, rural landowners have a number of options to control common milkweed. Other plants in the milkweed family are not generally known to be threats to agriculture. In fact, the four-leaved milkweed is a "species at risk" under the Endangered Species Act, 2007.

Recent evidence has shown that the eastern North American monarch butterfly population is in serious decline. Milkweed species, especially the plant known as common milkweed, are an important food source for the larvae of the monarch butterfly. The leaves of the plant also serve as a place to lay eggs.

Gardeners and concerned citizens are encouraged to be responsible when using native milkweed plants to provide a habitat for monarch butterflies. Some varieties of milkweed-such as swamp milkweed-are less likely to spread and interfere with agriculture and are preferred over common milkweed. Planting common milkweed next to a farmer's fields is not recommended.

Photo: Monarch butterfly on a flower

The Environmental Advisory Committee has developed a plan to help the soon to be endangered butterfly

As we all are waiting for the snow to finally melt, the Monarch Butterflies are leaving their overwintering grounds in Mexico making their way back to our area. Recent findings had made us aware that our rural roadsides have been providing a much needed habitat for the Monarch Butterfly. Our city’s Environmental Advisory Committee has developed a plan this year to help the soon to be endangered butterfly.

The plan that the committee has devised is to delay the second roadside cut until October 1st to protect the Monarch Butterfly as well as providing a much needed food source for all the pollinators.  A trial area has been selected for detailed observation for the next three years.  The trial area will include Weaver and Pinecrest Road south of Killaly Street and Cedar Bay Road. Residents residing in the selected area will be contacted by an EAC member within the next month. 

The Environmental Advisory Committee’s  goal is to contact each resident and inform them of the proposal of the plan as well obtain any concerns or comments the residents may have.

For more information please read the attached proposed plan to delay roadside cuttings in selected trial areas.

Roadside Cutting Delay Update, Summer 2015

Port Colborne is for the Pollinators
The Environmental Advisory Committee would like to encourage people to plant pollinator gardens with plants that will encourage and facilitate pollinating insects. Here is a list of
appropriate plants for pollinators.


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