Saint-Laurent, December7, 2017 - At its monthly meeting held on December 5, Saint-Laurent Borough Council confirmed its intention to create a wildlife oasis to safeguard the monarch butterfly along the right-of-way of overhead power lines located on Boulevard Cavendish, between Thimens and Poirier. In order to successfully carry out the project entitled "An oasis for the monarch butterfly", an application for financial assistance was submitted to Hydro-Québec, within the collaborative greening arrangement between this government-owned corporation and Ville de Montréal.
Estimated at $152,000, such financial assistance will help develop a section of a median strip located in the heart of the Cavendish-Laurin-Liesse biodiversity corridor, for which a landscape architecture competition was in fact launched last September. If the project is funded, the proposed developments could consist of a feeding station for the monarch butterfly, a honeybee meadow for pollinators and a mosaic of shrubs for birds. A pathway and piazzettas would provide a very special natural area and complete the proposed development.
Covering 10,028 m2 in area, this median strip is located in the Marcel-Laurin hub and boasts rich biodiversity. By creating a link between Parc Marcel-Laurin woodland and another natural environment situated on the property of a private company, this project would offer great ecological connectivity potential.
"The future oasis for the monarch butterfly reflects the importance that Saint-Laurent attaches to greening, and also to protecting the monarch butterfly and its natural habitat. This would be the first development within the biodiversity corridor, announced in 2015. In the long term, families would be able to benefit from this additional opportunity to be in contact with nature," stated Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa. As it may be recalled, it was last June that Saint-Laurent joined the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. The monarch was also made the entomological emblem of the Borough.