ADM: A wanton act of
Breeding habitat and food for the Monarch butterfly and their larvae have all been destroyed
July 4, 2022
North of Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau international airport, a wanton act of environmental destruction has blighted the landscape.
On the 19-hectare Monarch Butterfly Fields, owned by the Canadian government and leased by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), the ADM has mowed down the whole area, destroying more than 4,000 milkweed plants. These plants are essential for the reproductive phase and survival of the endangered Monarch butterflies that migrate from Mexico to Montreal Island. Milkweed is the food of their larvae, then, as adults, they feed on the nectar of other essential plants on site that provide them with the energy for the long migration south to Mexico. So the breeding habitat and food for the Monarch, and their larvae in those fields, have all been destroyed.
This devastation has taken place in Montreal, a Monarch GOLD status city, an honour conferred on the city for being supportive and nurturing of the Monarch Butterfly!
Green Coalition denounces the razing of these fields and this grim act of environmental irresponsibility on the part of ADM.
ADM mowed down these fields in the middle of the breeding season, an annihilation of a whole generation of Monarchs.
Along with the butterflies, 150 species of birds visit or inhabit these fields and they are greatly affected by the razed earth, along with snakes, mice, shrews, marmots, insects, slugs, snails, and voles that serve as food for the birds and wildlife. All this natural life has been wiped out.
What a terrible paradox! In December 2022, Montreal will host COP 15, a global Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, bringing delegates from around the world. The Convention’s Secretariat graces our city, yet the ADM is brazenly destroying Montreal’s local biodiversity before the citizens’ own eyes and in front of the whole world.
The Monarch Fields form an integral, bio-diverse part of Montreal’s last large, unprotected, marshland and riverine ecosystem. The 215 hectares of this irreplaceable wetland ecosystem north of the airport must not be destroyed. It is the last of its kind on Montreal Island.
For the sake of biodiversity conservation, the entire 215-hectare ecosystem must be preserved – for the Monarch Butterflies, for the birds and wildlife, and for all citizens, in Montreal, Québec and Canada!
Images: David Fletcher
Feature image: Wild Turkey amid the destruction of the Monarch Butterfly Fields
The Green Coalition – representing more than 80 citizens groups dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Environment. Founded in 1988.