My name is Leo Silvestri and I live at 1158 Erie St. E. Windsor, ON. 
Let me ask you a question if I may: When was last time you saw a Monarch butterfly around your neighborhood? I don’t know about you, but for most people living in Windsor and surrounding area the answer has always been the same…“When I was a kid I used to see them in big numbers, now I don’t see them anymore. I wonder what happen to the Monarch butterflies?”  

The monarch butterfly is in trouble. Their numbers are down 90% from what they were in 1992.
And Milkweed plants, which are indispensable to the Monarch, is also down 90%.
Milkweed plants are the only source of food for the Monarch caterpillar. But these plants are rapidly disappearing, due to the loss of habitat stemming from land development and the widespread spraying of
pesticides on the fields where they live. 

                                                                 ABOUT US

We are a group of Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent County residents whose goal is to provide information, knowledge and resources to our friends and neighbors who would like to help bring Monarch butterflies back in big numbers into our neighborhoods. You know by now through the media and web sites the Monarch butterfly is in BIG trouble. Our three North America country’s leaders had all promised back in 2014, to help the migration cycle of these creatures to continue for years to come. Unfortunately like all good politicians very little has been done financially to protect the Monarch habitat. 
Let’s face it, the US
and Canadian government will never stop farmers from spraying the huge amount of pesticides that automatically kills Milkweed plants in the fields every year. Too many big companies and millions of dollars in profits are at stake in the agriculture world and therefore the majority of these people most likely will never do anything about the Monarch butterfly’s future. So in order to help the Monarch butterfly survive, we’ve decided to take action into our own hands, like hundreds of thousands folks like you and me throughout Canada and US by planting Milkweed on our properties, and by encouraging others to do the same. We hope you will too. :-)

Providing food for the Monarch caterpillars, and nectar flowers for the adult butterflies is the best way to help these delicate creatures survive with or without any help from our busy politicians.

If you’re interested in planting Milkweed flowers in your garden contact us at anytime and we would love to provide you FREE seeds and or small plants at a reasonable cost. (When available)

                                                          ONTARIO NATIVE MILKWEED 
The three most popular perennial Milkweed species native to Ontario are easy to find and excellent choices to plant in your flower garden or backyard. These three species offer food for the Monarch caterpillar as well as nectar to all butterflies, bees and humming birds.
Swamp Milkweed  (Asclepias Incarnata) is usually found growing near ponds and streams in the wild, but this species grows just as well in average garden soil that is watered regularly during dry spells. Its pinkish-red blossoms have a sweet, vanilla-like scent, and its smooth green seedpods can provide a nice addition to floral arrangements.
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Tuberosa) is a very drought-tolerant species that prefers areas with drier soils that also receive full sun.
This species typically displays brilliant reddish-orange flowers.
Common Milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca), which is best suited for containers and very large landscapes due to its aggressive spreading habit.
Most people are probably already familiar with the tall and statuesque

All three of these aforementioned native species of Milkweed plants only require about 2 square feet of your garden’s space to grow, and they also perform very well in containers. By planting a native Milkweed, you will be doing your part to help conserve the Monarch butterfly as well as providing yourself and others with the opportunity to witness the fascinating metamorphosis of the beautiful insect. It doesn't take much to contribute to the conservation of the threatened Monarch butterfly species, and each contribution to this broad effort is of great value and vital importance to its prospects for success.
Every person can do their part, however great or small, to ensure that the Monarch butterfly continues to be around to delight and fascinate onlookers for generations to come.

Most nurseries in our area unfortunately do not sell Milkweed plants (although I did see a few Butterfly weed at Fred’s Market ) in July 2017. To start with well established plants you can visit this Amherstburg site
: www.nativetreesandplants.com  (this is where I got my first milkweed plants ) or look elsewhere online for more vendors. If you would like to start from seeds, we always have a good supply in our fridge that you can have for FREE   Call or email anytime you need some.
If you would like to buy some inexpensive milkweed plant ($ 2-3.00 each) in spring - summer visit these local nurseries:

                                                           THE MONARCH MIGRATION

The Monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic and wondrous insects that are native to North America. Every year, tens of millions of Monarchs take flight in an incredible transcontinental migratory journey, between Mexico, USA, Canada and back.
In the fall, a single generation of Monarchs complete the entire long journey from southern Canada to the mountainous conifer forests of central Mexico despite never having seen their ultimate destination. With spring’s arrival a few months later, the Monarch butterflies depart from their overwintering sites in Mexico and begin the journey north back to USA and Canada. 
Along the way, they lay eggs on Milkweed plants, the sole species of plants that Monarch caterpillars will eat, and soon after die, leaving their offspring to continue the flight north.
Weather permitting, we usually see the Monarchs in our area early June, it takes three to four generations of Monarchs to be born before the species as a whole starts the new fall migration back to Central Mexico. 

There is a tremendous effort going on throughout North America involving hundreds of thousands of people in saving the Monarch butterfly.
You can Google it yourself, check You Tube, or just visit some of these sites below involved in Monarch conservation for more info:

To save these beautiful creatures from extinction many of us are doing something about it all over North America. Here are some of their web pages:

      http://www.monarchwatch.org -   https://journeynorth.org/sightings   -   https://craigthebutterflyman.com  -  https://monarchbutterflygarden.net

 www.saveourmonarchs.org    -     http://www.inthezonegardens.ca   -   
https://monarchjointventure.org  -



We need your help to promote the recovery of the Monarch population and bring them back to Windsor and Essex County in BIG numbers. We
re looking for CORPORATE AND
PRIVATE LANDOWNERS who are passionate about saving the Monarch butterfly to consider utilizing any available parcels of land to plant Milkweed seeds and native flowers for our pollinators.  
Whether your flower garden is big or small it could always accommodate a few milkweed plants, if you don’t have a garden, these native plants will do just as good in a medium- large pot.  
Milkweed flowers smell and look good, it will attract Monarchs as well as other butterflies and bees in your yard. If you or anyone you know are interested in planting Milkweed seeds don’t hesitate to contact us at anytime. 

We can offer you milkweed seeds for FREE if you live in Windsor and surrounding areas.  Let’s bring the Monarch butterflies back to our city so that future generations will enjoy seeing these beautiful creatures flying around our streets as they did in the past. 
Most Experts and Biologist are worried about the monarch butterfly future due to the shortage of native Milkweed plants in the wild; it’s up to us to help them survive by planting Milkweed.  As they say… If You Plant It, They Will Come!  
We did launch this campaign locally in spring 2018 and we're happy to report that close to half million new milkweed plants have been planted in our city-county area as of 2020. We are working toward the ONE MILLION by 2022-2023, we need help from gardening experts who are willing to get involved by teaching others on how to germinate seeds, plant and care for Milkweed and other native flowers in order to attract more Monarch butterflies in our neighborhoods.  Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon. Leo Silvestri  519.977.3639  (Anytime)  EMAIL US HERE    

Please check out the pictures of butterflies and pollinators in our cemented backyard during the summer: 
Monarchs-in-our-backyard-summer-2018  -   Monarchs-in-our-backyard-summer-2019 
Monarchs-in-our-backyard-summer-2020     Backyard-Memories-2021       Short movie of the whole Collection from 2018-2023

Many short videos are uploaded daily to our NEW YouTube channel, it shows some of the hundreds of Monarch butterflies and many other pollinators visiting our garden on a regular base every summer.
Feel free to visit and share it anytime:


Create Your Own Group to Help the Monarch Butterfly 

2024 Milkweed Plants Sale (Coming Soon) 
                                           The Milkweed and Native Plants Section 

How to Become a Milkweed Expert        Find out Which Native Plants Grows in Your Area 
How to Avoid Common Milkweed from taking over Your Backyard.
Did You Know that by Raising ONLY One Monarch Caterpillar
 to Adulthood Butterfly You Could Increase their Fall Population      
by the Thousands? Click Here for More Details.

 Leo's Love for the Monarch Butterfly - Early Beginning.
Read about the "green worm" story and please don't laugh too hard. :-)  CLICK HERE 


                                     Tips on Raising Monarch Butterflies indoor - outdoor.
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak -  Latest from Mr. Lund Science on Rearing Monarchs
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Craig Oveson     -  Visit Donna's Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

                                                  Butterfly Garden Flowers and Ideas

http://savethemonarchbutterfly.ca/Butterflyway-Project.pdf   ( List of Flowers Recommended )
https://davidsuzuki.org/take-action/act-locally/butterflyway   ( For Canadian Residents to Join for Free ) 
How to Build the Perfect Butterfly Garden
To find out how many milkweed plants are needed to start a monarch butterfly garden. 
Click Here

NEW for 2024            Butterflies and Pollinators Flowers List in Full Color        ( Thanks to Janet Arseneault

NEW for 2024            Monarch Butterfly Nature's Gift Through Janet Lenses     ( Thanks to Janet Arseneault

 Leo's Newest Power Point Presentations: 
Shown here in pdf format for easier viewing.



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       RECENTLY ASKED TO TWENTY + SCIENTISTS WITH SIX  REPLYS                                             

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Monarch Conservation            Finding Real Diamonds in Your Backyard
  The Evil of Captive Rearing Monarchs                                               How To Avoid Social Media Controversy 
   When Monarch Science Fails to Take Flight


The Successful Monarch Butterfly Story of a Retired House Painter  

 http://savethemonarchbutterfly.ca/leo-story-2024.pdf   -  https://www.youtube.com/@leosilvestri5440/videos - 
Hundreds of Monarch Butterflies have Visited our Cemented Garden in the Last Six Years

Here is Our Secret for Having Hundreds of Monarch Butterflies Visiting Our Garden Every Year  ​​​​


We're in the News:

Windsor Life Magazine Story :  Click Here and go to page 68-70


Windsor- Star-Story  Third Annual Butterfly Festival August 27-2023
Windsorite Coverage of the third annual Butterfly Festival 2023

This Section is Dedicated to Our Facebook Group Members that doesn't receive Notifications from Facebook, therefore will miss out our most important posts due to the Facebook Algorithms. 

Summer 2023 Important Posts. 
July 5 -  We share all our Eggs and Caterpillars with our Members.  Click Here
July 14 - More Eggs and Cats to be picked up. Click Here
July 14 - (Post by Janet Arseneault) Eggs and Caterpillars for our Members to picked up. Click Here
July 18 -  More Eggs and Caterpillars collected in our gardens. Click Here
July 19 - Potted Aphids Infested Milkweed Plants have been saved and are on Sale Now. Click Here 
July 26 - Mark Your Calendar for our Third Annual Butterfly Festival. Click Here
July 29 - More Eggs and Caterpillars are available for pick up at our house. Click Here
July 31 - Our Cemented Garden Looks July 31-2023 Click Here
Aug 8 -  This is Why we collect monarch eggs daily  Click Here
August 13 - Migrant monarch eggs and small cats are now available. Click Here
August 23 - Great CTV News story about a London ON Woman raising monarch butterflies. Click Here
August 28 - Windsor Star Interview to Janet Arseneault at our Butterfly Festival  Click Here
August 28 - Windsorite Coverage of our Butterfly Festival  CLICK HERE 
September 8 - How to Safely Release Migratory Monarchs  CLICK HERE

October 30 - Pre-ordering Milkweed and Flowers for 2024   CLICK HERE  
December 7 - Your Garden Flowers and Host Plants Survey CLICK HERE

Our NEW Protective Rearing Program for All Residents of Windsor, Essex and Chatham-Kent County

In an effort to bring more Monarch butterflies and pollinators in your garden and our area during the summer we decided to help you with some fantastic ideas that have been working for many of our friends and members of our local Facebook group in the last seven years. 
Check out this link for more details, and more info to come later: Click Here

Feel Free to Visit us on Facebook:   
Monarch Butterfly Enthusiasts of Windsor,Essex and Chatham-Kent County