An insect study focuses on insects (including moths and butterflies) and where they live. The study will help HFR planners protect insects while building and operating the new railway.

Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly.

Where are insect studies taking place?

The 2024 insect studies will take place along sections of existing railway routes in Ontario, from Twin Elm up to Ottawa and down to Vars, and in Québec near Laval to the 740 highway in Québec City.

Why study insects?

Insects play an important role in the ecosystem by pollinating plants and decomposing waste. In 2024, insects will be studied to confirm the presence of Monarch Butterflies.

By conducting these studies, HFR planners will better understand these insects and how their habitats might change while building and operating the new railway, what is needed to protect them, and determine a baseline for future studies.

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