PROJECT - SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES ENDANGERED SPECIES
Threatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what’s happening to monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service summed it up in just one grim statistic on Monday: Since 1990, about 970 million have vanished.
It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants
, which serve as the butterflies’ nursery, food source and home. In an attempt to counter two decades of destruction, the Fish and Wildlife Service launched a partnership
with two private conservation groups, the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to basically grow milkweed like crazy in the hopes of saving the monarchs
Monarch butterflies are a keystone species that once fluttered throughout the United States by the billions. They alighted from Mexico to Canada each spring on a trek that required six generations of the insect to complete. Afterward, young monarchs about the quarter of the weight of a dime, that know nothing about the flight pattern through the United States, not to mention Mexico, fly back, resting, birthing and dining on milkweed. Only about 30 million remain.
The extinction of certain butterfly species is not unheard of
. The blueberry-colored Xerces blue disappeared from San Francisco years ago, and recently Fish and Wildlife announced that two subspecies — the rockland skipper and Zestos in South Florida — haven’t been seen since 2004 and are probably extinct. On top of that, pesticide use has also caused a collapse of other pollinators — wasps, beetles and especially honeybees.
PLEASE PLANT MILKWEED AND BUTTERFLY WEED TO HELP SAVE THE MONARCHS!
PLEASE STOP USING HERBICIDES ON MILKWEED PLANTS!
With the help of many volunteers, we have planted butterfly weed with many nectar plants. In 2015 we have successfully released 87 butterflies after watching the caterpillars grow and turn into beautiful chrysalis and then birth a Gorgeous Monarch Butterfly!
Spring 2016, as the Monarch Butterflies flew up from their migration land (Mexico) we were blessed with over 150 caterpillars and scrambled to find more butterfly weed plants! We have helped birth over 100 Monarch Butterflies so far this Spring. The recycled pallets work great helping to protect the chrysalis from the wasps. You cannot use chemicals on the plants or surroundings so we actually go out and swap the wasp down. Usually a wasp has a nest within 200 ft of the wasp swarming so keep an eye out and help the caterpillars. Monarchs need all the help they can get.
Just two of the beautiful Chrysalis and one of the many caterpillars from our special garden behind our building for our non-profit, Blooming Butterflies! We used all recycled material to make the walls and planter boxes.