The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly-and What We Are Doing About It!
Every November, millions of monarch butterflies arrive at the Oyamel fir forests in central Mexico, where they migrate to survive through the winter, but in just the last few years, the numbers of butterflies making it to Mexico has dropped sharply.
Deforestation in Mexico has eliminated a number of former colony sites and others have been badly degraded so as to reduce the shelter and water available to wintering butterflies. In the United States, 6000 acres are converted to development each day, eliminating milkweeds needed by monarch larvae and nectar sources required by adult monarchs. In addition, chemically intensive agriculture and roadside management by excessive mowing and use of herbicides have also eliminated monarchs and their milkweed hosts. An finally, the erratic climate swings have wrecked havoc with the butterflies habitat.
Join us at the YMCA Earth Day on Sunday, April 27th and again on Saturday, May 10 from 9-11 at the Milford Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale. We'd love to talk with you about what you can do about increasing the habitat for the Monarch and will be handing out free packets of milkweed and other? seeds.
Monarch Butterfly Awareness Handouts-Information for Planting (Printer-Friendly)
Monarch Watch-a nonprofit educational outreach program with excellent information on the Monarch Butterfly.
WorldWildLife.org-excellent facts about the monarch butterfly. Learn about what the WWF is doing to help preserve the butterfly.How to Grow Milkweed for Monarchs
Updated May 6, 2014