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"Monarch Wings Across America"

With generous support from The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, Pollinator Partnership will be working to create a network of monarch habitat, beginning in Ohio, with an innovative project called Monarch Wings Across Ohio. Monarch Wings Across Ohio’s goals are to develop regionally specific monarch habitat planting lists that will be scientifically tested and trialed in farm, urban, garden, corporate and municipal settings. Once planting recommendations have been established for Ohio, Monarch Wings Across the US will be launched. We need to raise an additional $37,000 over the next year to get Monarch Wings Across the US off the ground – and you can help!

Donate today for monarchs and we will double your gift with a match!


Monarch Projects

 
 

Are Monarchs at Risk?

Each fall millions of monarch butterflies migrate to overwintering sites in Mexico and to a scattering of locations along the coast of California. In the spring monarchs return to breeding areas and the cycle starts again: a two-way migration that is one of the most spectacular onthe planet. Yet, this migration appears to be declining.

Researchers are working to determine the causes of this decline; some theories include:

• Loss of milkweed needed for monarch caterpillars to grow and develop, due to habitat conversion and adverse land management
• Drought conditions in California and other areas in the western U.S., resulting in lower milkweed biomass, and reduced availability of milkweed late in the summer
• Insecticide and herbicide use to control insects and weeds, with unintended consequences for monarchs
• Overwintering habitat loss and degradation in California, due to development within and adjacent to overwintering groves, and decay of overwintering trees as they age
• Habitat loss in overwintering sites in Mexico, due to illegal logging

Excerpts taken from the Protecting Monarchs brochure.

How Can You Help Monarchs?

Conserve monarchs and help support them along their amazing 3,000 mile journey. Your support will help the Pollinator Partnership plant and conserve monarch habitat.

Give to our Monarch Conservation Program today.


Download Monarch Useful Resources:

Protecting Monarchs Brochure

Monarch Habitat Development Manuals for Utility Rights-of-Way

Monarch Habitat Development Manuals for Corporate Lands

The Monarch Fueling Planting Guides


Plant milkweed! Monarch caterpillars need milkweeds to grow and develop. There are over 100 milkweed species that are native to North America, many of which are used by monarchs. To learn which species to plant in your region, and how to plant them, visit the Bring Back the Monarchs Campaign at: www.monarchwatch.org.

Plant butterfly nectar plants! Monarchs need nectar to provide energy as they breed, for their migratory journey, and to build reserves for the long winter. Include butterfly plants in your garden, and avoid using pesticides.
Download the FREE Monarch Plant List in PDF format

Encourage public land managers to create monarch habitat! Roadsides and parks of all sizes offer great opportunities to create habitat for monarchs and other pollinators.

Join citizen-science efforts to track monarch populations! The data collected by hundreds of citizen scientists across the country are used by monarch scientists to decipher monarch population trends, and to learn more about what might be driving their numbers from year to year.

Support monarch conservation efforts. There are a number of monarch conservation efforts underway doing very good work. Please consider donating to support these monarch.




Protecting Monarchs: What You Can Do to Support Monarch Butterflies

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Monarch Habitat Development Manuals for Utility Rights-of-Way

Utility rights-of-way are ideal for creating and managing for monarch habitat, and they provide multiple benefits to and opportunities for the utility. These habitat development manuals contain regionalized planting lists and a step-by-step guide to creating monarch habitat.

Inside the manuals:
* Regionalized PLANTING LISTS
* Habitat Evaluation Rubric
* Project Evaluation Form
* STEP-BY-STEP guide to transforming your landscape into monarch habitat


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Monarch Habitat Development Manuals for Corporate Lands

Corporate lands are a great venue for creating monarch habitat, while enhancing your own workplace environment. These habitat development manuals contain regionalized planting lists and a step-by-step guide to creating monarch habitat.

Inside the manuals:
* Regionalized PLANTING LISTS
* Habitat Evaluation Rubric
* Project Evaluation Form
* STEP-BY-STEP guide to transforming your landscape into monarch habitat


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The Monarch
Fueling Project


The monarch migration occurs twice every year, a journey north to breeding ground and a journey south to overwinter. The 4,000 round trip journey is in danger due to loss of habitat. When monarchs are migrating they need to rest and refuel by collecting/eating nectar from blooming plants. If there are not any blooming plants available when the monarchs stops, they will not have any energy to continue the journey and never reach their destination. You can help monarchs reach their destinations by planting flowers that bloom when monarchs will be passing through your area. Click on your area below to get a list of plants that will help support the monarch migration by providing them with the fuel they need for their journey. Remember that monarch eggs relay on milkweeds, so make sure you include them in your planting too!  

Get your Monarch Fueling Planting Guide free by clicking on your zone below. So, which monarch migration fueling zone do you live in?


Click here to DOWNLOAD a list of milkweeds to plant in your fueling zone.

Click here to DOWNLOAD a list of native plant nurseries that supply many of the native plants that are needed to fuel the monarch migration.

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