A small step to help bring back the Monarchs is planting Milkweed. This is a learn and spread the word post to help save the Monarchs. It's such a small step everyone can do and getting your neighbors and community involved will bring even greater benefits for monarchs. Talk with your neighbors about why you are growing milkweed and nectar plants. Explain to your HOA why flower-rich gardens are important. Encourage your parks department or city to plant habitat and change landscaping to feature native plants. Lead the way in making your community a Bee City USA affiliate.
The monarch faces many threats including the loss of milkweed and other flowering plants across its range, degradation and loss of overwintering groves in both coastal California and Mexico, and the widespread use of pesticides in the environment. Many of these stressors are exacerbated by the effects of climate change.
Despite the challenges of conducting field work during a pandemic, volunteers surveyed 246 sites, three more sites than last year. Unfortunately, to the surprise and dismay of many, only 1,914 monarchs were counted at all the sites. This is a shocking 99.9% decline since the 1980s.
A simple small step we can all do to contribute. Plant milkweed or other nectar flower rich gardens.
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