Milkweed Matters to Monarchs

Government Pledges Millions To Save Monarch Butterfly

Climate Change Threatens Monarch Butterfly Migration, Eco-Tourism

A new government program will fund regrowing and building habitats for monarch butterflies, a species that is in jeopardy. Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images


Saving the Monarch Butterfly
What gardeners can do to help
by Suzanne DeJohn

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A monarch butterfly gets nectar from a Mexican sunflower. Photo by Suzanne DeJohn.

INCREDIBLE. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about the monarch butterfly. An insect with a body the size and weight of a paper clip can migrate 1,500 miles or more. Not once, but twice in its lifetime. First in autumn, when it flies to a specific overwintering site in Mexico — a trip it has never taken before. And again in spring, when it returns north to reproduce. Just incredible. These miraculous creatures are in trouble. Though monarch populations have been declining during the past decade, they’ve seen sharp declines in the last few years. Scientists now believe this is a long-term trend, rather than a short-term phenomenon caused by specific weather events, such as drought or hurricanes. Read full Article. Posted 3-16-2014.


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Monarch Butterfly Genes Reveal Key to Long-Distance Flying

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Monarch Guardian Program

Raising Monarchs

How to Help Monarch butterflies


Useful Websites

Monarch Butterfly, Journey North 
This website is packed with information and resources about the Monarch Butterfly including Monarch sightings so far this year. Also contains great Resources for Kids and Teachers and Resources by Season.

the Butterflies of Massachusetts 

Mass Audubon Butterfly Species Atlas Accounts

Massachusetts Butterfly Club

Monarch Wayside Station Program
Creating a Monarch Wayside Station

North American Butterfly Association
We would encourage people to enter their butterfly sightings on this website. The sightings you enter will help provide the North American Butterfly Association with valuable information on butterfly distribution, abundance and conservation. This website also provides a location where you can keep track of all your butterfly sightings and retrieve them at any time.

Raising Butterflies

Gardens with Wings

Butterfly Gardening ~ Why Do Butterflies Visit a Garden? (Clemson University)