Habitat Zones

Increasing biodiversity in an urban setting…

Nine micro-habitats are planned, with six currently established, where students can study natural areas and urban wildlife on campus. Micro–habitats established or underway: Monarch nursery, meadow, forest floor, decomposition area, pond and disturbed/undisturbed study area.

Biodiversity Site 1 (ESTABLISHED)

Forest Floor

Forest Floor

This micro-habitat represents the conditions under a Montreal-area forest. It contains over 40 native plant species and a variety of insects and other invertebrates.

Biodiversity Site 2 (ESTABLISHED)



This meadow micro-habitat contains many species of plants that attract insect pollinators.

Biodiversity Site 3 (ESTABLISHED)

Biology Study Area

Biodiversity Study Area

Biology students are studying disturbed vs undisturbed areas for biodiversity.

Biodiversity Site 4 (Pending)



Rotting logs are teaming with invertebrate life and a host of fungi, lichens and mosses that contribute to the decomposition process.

Biodiversity Site 5 (ESTABLISHED)

Monarch Butterfly Nursery

Butterfly Nursery

This area is one of several on Dawson grounds created to provide milkweed and nectar-producing plants for the Monarch. These gardens have been designated a monarch sanctuary by Montreal’s Espace pour la vie.

Biodiversity Site 6 (ESTABLISHED)



This pond will provide common insects found in the Dawson gardens a crucial habitat for their larval stages.

Biodiversity Site 7 (Pending)

Wet Meadow

Wet medow

Plants that can thrive in areas with changing water levels.

Biodiversity Site 8

Bioswale Feasibility Study

Bioswale Feasibility Study

The swale will divert runoff water into a planted area that acts as a biofilter, returning cleaner water to the environment.

Last Modified: January 23, 2017