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You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly!

Posted September 9, 2015

Monarch Butterfly Migration Map

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.

Report your sightings!

Also, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "Save the Monarch Butterfly" web page…

Propagating Native Milkweeds for Restoring Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Posted August 31, 2015

International Plant Propagator's Society Combined Proceedings, Volume 64, 2014 cover.

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.

Read the article about propagating milkweeds for restoring monarch butterfly habitat (PDF, 324 KB)…

Interior Department Releases National Seed Strategy for Landscape Scale Rehabilitation and Restoration

Posted August 18, 2015

National Seed Strategy cover.

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.

Monarch Institute Trains Habitat Stewards who will Share their Knowledge with Future Generations

Posted August 18, 2015

Two women looking at in insect in a container in the forest.
Workshop attendees learning first-hand how to perform outdoor science experiments (Forest Service photo).

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.

Read more about the Monarch Institute (PDF, 311 KB)...


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