Project Swallowtail

22 Mar 2020 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Online; RSVP here.


Project Swallowtail is a pilot initiative launching this spring in west Toronto neighbourhoods. It’s designed to restore habitat for pollinators in gardens, on balconies and other green spaces, with a special focus on restoring the host plants of six Swallowtail butterfly species. And we invite you to participate!   RSVP here.

Please join Clement Kent, (past chair of The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto, and retired adjunct professor at York University Dept. of Biology), along with Ryan Godfrey and Pete Ewins from WWF-Canada, on Sunday morning online via Zoom, to learn more about the project and how you can be involved. In these challenging times, we are hoping that people will be able to get out into their gardens and balconies/patios very soon! We invite you to learn what it means to become a Block Ambassador for Project Swallowtail and help your neighbours join the project, one street at a time.

In The Zone: Gardens that help native species thrive, ( a program of WWF and Carolinian Canada, is a big part of this, along with other collaborating organisations. In southern Ontario’s Carolinian Zone, the In The Zone program engages people to grow native plants and create healthy and resilient habitat for wildlife, providing nature-based climate solutions as well as multiple co-benefits for a healthy future for people and nature.

Speakers: Ryan Godfrey, Nature Connected Communities, WWF-Canada, Peter Ewins, Lead Specialist, Species Conservation at World Wildlife Fund-Canada and Clement Kent, past chair of The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto, and retired adjunct professor at York University Dept. of Biology

The Project Swallowtail presentation will run online from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm on Sunday March 22nd. You can join through your computer or phone through this link

The first hour will feature details about the project, then highlight the main steps to get started, followed by time for online/phone Q-A and discussion with the presenters.

We’re looking for volunteers interested in becoming Block Ambassadors for a habitat restoration initiative in west Toronto: Project Swallowtail. Together we can restore habitat and healthy ecosystems in our neighbourhoods and see the return of the magnificent Swallowtail butterflies.

You don't need to be a plant or pollinator expert.
You don't need to have a garden
You do need to like talking to your neighbours and helping them plant native plants (a.k.a the gold standard for pollinators and wildlife

Learn more here.