On April 1, 2015, the David Suzuki Foundation launched the #knit4monarchs campaign, calling on Canadians to help monarch butterflies by knitting chrysalises. The campaign brought plenty of attention, but was of course an April Fool's campaign designed to draw attention to what monarchs really need — lots of milkweed!
Instead of knitting cute little chrysalises, we urge Canadians to continue planting milkweed and native wildflowers in yards, playgrounds and parks. Without milkweed, monarchs can't survive.
Monarch butterflies start their multigenerational journey northward early March and begin arriving in Canada in early to mid-summer. Since 2014, the David Suzuki Foundation has run the Toronto-based Got Milkweed campaign. Residents could buy milkweed plants online or donate to support efforts to plant milkweed through the Homegrown National Park Project. In three years, the campaign spurred the planting of more than 15,000 native milkweed plants in yards, parks, schools and balconies, plus more than a quarter million milkweed seeds distributed throughout the monarch's range in eastern Canada.
Want to learn more about monarchs?
Check out our monarch and milkweed FAQ page here: http://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/monarch-and-milkweed-faq/