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You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly!
Posted September 9, 2015
Every backyard can become an oasis for monarchs and other pollinators, even in cities. Schools, youth and community groups, businesses, and state and local governments can engage in planting native milkweed and protecting monarch habitat along roadsides, rights of way, and other public and private lands.
Propagating Native Milkweeds for Restoring Monarch Butterfly Habitat
Posted August 31, 2015
The number of monarch butterflies is rapidly declining. Milkweeds, which are the sole food source for monarch caterpillars, have also experienced a decline throughout the breeding range of this butterfly. Milkweeds can be grown from seeds or vegetatively from root cuttings or rhizomes. The International Plant Propagator's Society published this article in their Combined Proceedings, Volume 64, 2014.
Interior Department Releases National Seed Strategy for Landscape Scale Rehabilitation and Restoration
Posted August 18, 2015
The Department of the Interior announced the release of a National Seed Strategy for rehabilitation and restoration to help foster resilient and healthy landscapes.
The Strategy, developed in partnership with the Plant Conservation Alliance and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, guides ecological restoration across major landscapes, especially for those lands damaged by rangeland fires, invasive species, severe storms, and drought. The Strategy emphasizes importance of planting appropriate seeds to help grow plant life and pollinator habitat, which are critical natural defenses against climate change.
- Read the Department of the Interior newsletter (PDF, 37 KB)
- National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration (PDF, 12 MB)
Monarch Institute Trains Habitat Stewards who will Share their Knowledge with Future Generations
Posted August 18, 2015
Recently, Urban Connections collaborated with Forest Service International Programs, University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, and the Urban Ecology Center to host the “North American Monarch Institute.” Experts taught participants how to create schoolyard habitats for monarch butterflies, how to perform outdoor science experiments in the habitat, and build a class of future stewards.
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