Pollinators, which include several types of insects, contribute up to 70% of plant pollination. These insects promote not only biodiversity, but also crop productivity.
As their number has been steadily decreasing over the past twenty years (pesticide use, parasites, habitat loss and climate change), the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is participating in efforts to protect them.
The City has implemented a number of initiatives to encourage the presence of pollinators, including the installation of insect hotels and the planting of milkweed and native nectar-bearing plants in medians and public right-of-ways.
The monarch butterfly is an iconic species of North America. These butterflies travel thousands of miles to breed in Mexico and return to North America following the growth of milkweed, their host plant.
Unfortunately, due to degradation and loss of breeding habitat, the monarch population has declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Monarchs are totally dependent on milkweed for reproduction in Canada, hence we must ensure they are available here in the summer.
The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is proud to be certified as a "Monarch-Friendly City". Since the summer of 2021, the City has been committed to contributing to the protection and restoration of the habitat of Monarch butterflies in order to encourage citizens to join their efforts.
A specially designed garden, as well as the planting of milkweed plants, are planned for spring 2022.
The City also features several small insect hotels across its different installations. These structures provide protection and a place to hibernate for pollinators.
Following is a list of the different locations where insect hotels can be found:
- Parc de la Canardière
- Public garden on rue Valois
- Public garden at parc de la Maison-Valois
- Public garden at the municipal library
- Installation at the entrance to the municipal library
- Jardin communautaire des Abbesses (green space on Pie-XII)
- Jardin communautaire des Loisirs (parc de Sainte-Trinité)
- Jardin communautaire des Muguets (green space on des Muguets)
- Jardin communautaire Bourget (Ilôt Bourget)
- Flowered promenade on rue Bourget