THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY NEEDS YOUR HELP TO SURVIVE.
Did that grab your attention? It should.
This precious and amazing little creature does something no other insect does – migrate 2500 miles south each fall to a small area in Mexico that it has never seen before. It’s great-great-grandparents knew the Mexican Oyamel forests, but not the little migrator. It is an amazing phenomenon and we are on the brink of losing it.
Why is this happening? And what can we do about it?
Loss of monarch habitat is probably the biggest factor in the monarch decline. Some want to blame farmers, pesticides and GMO crops and that certainly is part of the problem. Human expansion, the development of housing and commercial property with perfectly mowed spans of nitrogen fed green grass definitely contribute. As does the need for roadsides and other land management to repeatedly mow areas simply for beautification. There is global warming, OE spores, predators, car windshields – the list goes on. But ignorance or simply ignoring the problems should not be used as an excuse. This is do or die time, and the monarchs, as well as other pollinating insects are the ones whose lives we are toying with, which could ultimately come back and bite us in the butt. I recently heard someone refer to monarchs as the canary in the cornfield, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee…
It is our hope that this website will provide helpful information that will not only educate, but help all of us find ways we can work together to save the monarchs and their unique migratory phenomenon. So grab some java and let’s go!