1st Annual Butterfly Festival In Via Italia This Sunday

Saturday August 28th, 2021

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Via Italia and the Monarch Enthusiasts of Windsor-Essex will be holding the 1st Annual Butterfly Festival on Sunday, August 29th, from noon to 6pm at the Community Heritage Garden on Erie Street East between Langlois and Marion Avenues.

During the 1st Annual Butterfly Festival, there will be vendors offering butterfly related merchandise, as well as lessons on:

  • Creating, planting, and maintaining butterfly friendly pollinator gardens to easily attract butterflies to your home.
  • How to properly raise, care for, and release butterflies.
  • The monarch butterfly lifecycle and their annual flight to Mexico
  • Why saving butterflies, bees and other pollinators is so important for a healthy ecological system for generations to come.

The festival will also include the release of monarch butterflies into the wild to start their journey south.

Via Italia’s Community Heritage Garden is home to part of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project which aims to reimagine spaces as part of neighbourhood-wide highways of habitat. The garden is also a registered “monarch waystation” which recognizes the efforts to assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon.

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