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Save the Monarchs

SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Federation has launched a major new campaign aimed at saving the declining Monarch butterfly.
While monarch are found across the United States-as recently as 1996 numbering some 1 billion-their numbers have declined by approximately 90 percent in recent years, a result of numerous threats.
We can save the monarch butterfly in North America, but only if we act quickly and together.

Create and Register your garden as a Monarch waystation

1.  Create a monarch habitat – www.monarchwatch.com
2.  Confirm that Monarch Waystation criteria are met and Complete the Certification Application on line.  A $16 non-refundable application processing fee is required for each Monarch Waystation
3.  Receive Certificate – You will receive a certificate with your (or your organization’s ) name
4.  Garden Sign – you may order a 9″ x 12″ weatherproof sign
5.  Encourage others to create their own Monarch Waystation!

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES & MILKWEED

Planting milkweed is even more VITAL for caterpillar food as the supply is declining rapidly
The native milkweed plants are the ONLY food source for the Monarch butterflies.  
Since 90% of all milkweed habitats occur within agricultural landscape, farm practices using herbicides and pesticides strongly influence monarch populations.
 Work with the city and community to plant edges of soccer and football fields, libraries, schools, churches, golf courses.  Promote no mow areas..
Plant in large groups.  A female monarch will not lay her eggs if there are inadequate leaves for her young.  Each caterpillar will eat 20 leaves before maturing.
There are more than 70 different native species, so study which Asclepias is suited for your area,  Sprinkle seeds in the fall after a killing frost: cover with 1/8″ soil.  The seeds experience winter and know when its’s time to get growing in the spring.