Monarchs in Manitoba: How to Protect our Butterflies


Monarchs in Manitoba: How to Protect our Butterflies

April 22 2022

The monarch butterfly is listed as endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Threatened by habitat fragmentation, loss of native plants, and climate change, its population is in steep decline.

How can you help? From planting milkweed and nectar flowers to reporting monarch sightings or raising your own, there are plenty of opportunities for citizens to get involved with monarch butterflies.

Join us for a free CPAWS Manitoba webinar with Yvonne Sharples, admin of the active Manitoba Monarchs Facebook group, who has been raising wild monarchs for more than 20 years.

She will discuss the current status of monarchs in North America and the threats they face, the life cycle of butterflies, the benefits of growing native plants, and the scientifically controversial practice of “raising” wild monarchs. She will also explain how families and individuals can get involved in helping protect our iconic summer visitors.

About the Speaker

Yvonne Sharples has been raising wild monarchs for more than 20 years. In 2019, she started the Manitoba Monarchs Facebook group, an active community with over 2,000 members. The passion of Manitoba’s monarch enthusiasts has kept her busy since retiring from the workforce in 2020.

Lunch and Learns

Nature has been here for us during the pandemic.

CPAWS Manitoba wants to maintain this positive connection to nature by providing a space for Manitobans to connect online from the safety of our homes and be inspired by nature in our backyards and beyond.

Join CPAWS Manitoba for weekly lunch and learn presentations from experts across the province who will share their knowledge and passion and bring new nature-inspired activities into our lives.

This program is possible thanks to the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation and the Conservation Trust, a Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Initiative delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.

Help Keep Manitoba Wild


CPAWS Manitoba has helped establish 23 parks and protected areas thanks to people like you.

With your help, we can protect half our lands and waters for future generations of people and wildlife.