Saving the Monarch Butterfly
What gardeners can do to help
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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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.
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.