Marvellous Milkweed Seed Collection Day

Event Details

October 5th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Backus Woods (St. Williams), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Monarch butterflies used to be a familiar sight in many gardens and natural spaces, but their numbers have dropped significantly and they are now considered a species at risk. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is working to restore 28 hectares of habitat for monarchs and other native pollinators in the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain Natural area, but to do that we’ll need seed, and lots of it!

Join us to collect seed from milkweed, a plant these beautiful butterflies rely on to reproduce, and contribute to habitat restoration in action!

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More Information

About Backus Woods (St. Williams)

Backus Woods is a spectacular gem in the heart of Carolinian Canada, north of St. Williams and Port Rowan. Comprising less than 1% of Canada’s land mass, Carolinian Canada is home to 25% of Canada’s population, contains some of the nation’s most productive agricultural lands and provides habitat for nearly 25% of Canada’s endangered species. Restored agricultural fields on this 817 hectare (2020 ac.) property have been planted with native species to provide meadow habitat for the endangered monarch butterfly, eastern foxsnake, Jefferson salamander, prothonotary warbler and American ginseng.

What you will be doing

You'll collect seed from butterfly milkweed and other plants that benefit native pollinators. This seed will be used to help create habitat for monarch butterflies, as well other native butterflies and bees. You will be walking in a relatively flat, restored tallgrass prairie site and bending to collect seed from low growing plants.

Why you will love it

You will enjoy learning about local native wildflowers and pollinator biology, and have the opportunity to see a nine year old ecological restoration site up close. We will also provide small packets of native wildflower seeds for you to take with you, so that you can create your own pollinator habitat at home!


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Please Note

The plants we will be collecting seed from have sticky sap, so please wear old clothes and gardening gloves that you don’t mind getting dirty and sticky!

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Gloves
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Any necessary medications