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Barrie, ON – July 29, 2013 – Monarch butterflies are not just a thing of beauty, they are an important part of our eco-system and with the dramatic decline in numbers a new local business, Butterfly Kisses, helps educate and sustain this essential species.

Owner, Heather Willett, has always had a deep respect for the natural environment – inspired by her native Ojibway heritage, “My dedication to nature and helping others contributed to the birth of Butterfly Kisses,” says Willett.

Barrie, ON – July 29, 2013 – Monarch butterflies are not just a thing of beauty, they are an important part of our eco-system and with the dramatic decline in numbers a new local business, Butterfly Kisses, helps educate and sustain this essential species.

Owner, Heather Willett, has always had a deep respect for the natural environment – inspired by her native Ojibway heritage, “My dedication to nature and helping others contributed to the birth of Butterfly Kisses,” says Willett.

Last week 30 people in Barrie took part in the annual count, covering a 25-kilometre radius and saw 28 monarchs. These butterflies will reproduce and those butterflies will hatch in mid-August and head to Mexico. Mexico has seen a 59% reduction in numbers.

“We have a significant decline in monarch populations due to development and the widespread use of herbicides in croplands,” says Willett. “I teach people what they can do themselves to offset the loss of milkweed and nectar sources, no effort is to small”

Willett adds explains there are ways everyone can help protect monarchs and their migration. You can plant a butterfly garden with specific plants that feed and host butterflies. Instead of using pesticides, use predatory insects or remove pests by hand. Enjoy a fun eco-educational experience and raise and follow their life cycle at home.  

Willett will be teaching everything butterflies in Barrie schools in the upcoming year. Her program educates children on their habitats and the importance of the species, as well as butterfly releases, tagging migratory monarchs and butterfly gardening with fun and interactive programs like Hide and Seek, Caterpillar Café and Butterfly Babysitting.

About Butterfly Kisses

Established in 2013, Butterfly Kisses offers several services such as: presentations, releases, monarch waystations, monarch tagging, and gardening propagation. Owner, Heather Willett, has worked as an onsite Education Facilitator for nine years, and ran a Butterfly conservatory for five years.

For more information, visit www.ButterflyKisses-Education.ca

Contact: Heather Willett, Butterfly Kisses

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Phone: 705-252-5842

Web: www.ButterflyKisses-Education.ca

Heather Willett
 
Butterfly Kisses Educational Outreach
 
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