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The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
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Nov 19, 2019

Sackville - The Monarch butterfly generated a lot of interest during the presentation of the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) at the Mount Allison University Watershed Caucus meeting this November.

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Louis-Émile Cormier and Stuart Tingley gave an excellent presentation on the Monarch Butterfly and the strong citizen participation in this project. Even though the butterfly is now in Mexico and we are waiting for his return for next summer, they have distributed swamp milkweed seeds. In addition, they explained how to prepare the plants so that the Monarch butterfly can find plants to lay its eggs and feed its "babies", actually caterpillars. If you want to know more about the impressive migration of the butterfly, its life cycle, the factors that threaten its survival, and how to help, do not hesitate to watch the video here with the presentation of this summer in Cocagne de Rhéal Vienneau, expert of the Monarch butterfly.

The Monarch butterfly is our biggest butterfly in the Pays de Cocagne and it is unfortunately in decline. The most important factor for its decline is habitat loss. This year, the community participated enthusiastically by planting more and more milkweed, its host plant. The Monarch Butterfly caterpillar feeds only on this plant and you see its egg in the above plant.

We encourage you to plant more swamp milkweed in your garden or on your property. If you are interested in having seeds or plants, do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 506-576-8247.

This project is possible thanks to the commitment of Louis-Émile Cormier, Stuart Tingley and other committed citizens. Thank you also to the Wildlife Trust Fund for supporting this project with a grant.

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Upcoming activities

July 11, 2020 - Butterfly plants to give away

9 to 11 a.m.
at the GDDPC office, 4585 route 134 in Cocagne
Do you want to help the Monarch butterfly? Plant some butterfly plants (swamp milkweed) in your flower bed!
Plants are free, but you can always make a donation.
Thanks for your help!

July 8, 2020 - Gardening workshop with Bernadette Goguen

6:30 p.m.
At the Cocagne community garden, 1789 route 535 in Cocagne
For more information: contact Mathieu Bastarache This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 899-1586.
Please Bring your chairs if you need one!
Come learn about various methods in gardening maintenance and tips for controlling pests. With Bernadette Goguen, CFM and gardener.
Please book with the GDDPC by July 7 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by tel. at 576-8247.
It's free! Donations can always be made to the garden.

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