Through this science project, the Montreal Insectarium invites people to visit milkweed fields several times during the summer in search of monarch eggs and caterpillars. By sharing their findings with researchers via a website, citizens from all over help identify the best monarch breeding habitats to help researchers implement an effective conservation plan for Canada.
Children easily recognize ten corporate logos. But, how many birds, trees or insects can they identify?
With the help of Space for Life scientific guides, My Neighbourhood’s Biodiversity takes place in the classroom, but also in the city park nearest to the school. For two hours, students take part in a rich learning experience, becoming an ornithologist, an entomologist or a botanist.
Urban sprawl and the fragmentation of our green spaces are contributing to a decline in biodiversity, as well as an increase in climate change and heat islands. A Garden in the City is an effective, tangible call to action to bring back nature, help preserve biodiversity and make our urban landscapes more attractive by greening a balcony, patio or wall or creating a flower or vegetable garden.
Strengthened by its First Nations Garden and with the help of Québec’s eleven First Nations, Space for life develops projects that contribute to reduce the marginalization of Aboriginal Peoples, help young Aboriginals to reclaim their culture and foster a better understanding of everyday aboriginal life.
Research is at the heart of Space for Life’s four natural science museums.
As an example, Botanical Garden scientists are masters at using plants to decontaminate water, air or soil, control erosion and run-off, restore degraded sites, trap greenhouse gases or reduce heat, wind speed and noise. They develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems by identifying the best combination of soil, roots, microorganisms and substrate.