Mad for monarchs: Gatineau girl wins $10,000 prize for butterfly conservation

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, October 3, 2018

Twelve-year-old Genevieve Leroux rattles off a lists of the amazing things she loves about monarch butterflies — the beauty of their emerald green chrysalis, the magic of watching a butterfly emerge and spread its wings for the first time, their incredible migration each fall thousands of kilometres to the mountains of Mexico …

“When I was little I didn’t know all that,” she says. “I just thought they were the closest thing to fairies.”

Since reading about monarch’s in a Ranger Rick magazine when she was nine, Genevieve has become a butterfly crusader, catching and tagging butterflies for research and spreading both milkweed seeds and a message of conservation wherever she goes.

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