How to help the endangered Monarch butterfly
In another sign our climate is headed in the wrong direction, the migratory Monarch butterfly is now endangered, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
- Ohio is part of the butterfly's breeding grounds, which means we can help with conservation.
Why it matters: Endangered is just two categories away from extinction.
- Populations of one of North America's most recognizable insects have declined 22% to 72% in the last 10 years, depending on measurement method.
Threat level: Human-induced habitat loss through development and pesticides is mostly to blame. Climate change is also a fast-growing threat, disrupting migration patterns and causing destructive weather.
🌱 How to help: Monarch caterpillars grow and feed exclusively on milkweed plants, so plant some seeds in the fall for next year's broods.
- Ohio-native species are best. Here's a guide to getting started.
💭 Alissa's thought bubble: I've found it takes little effort for these tall, beautiful plants to grow, adding a pop of color to your garden. It's called a weed for a reason.
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