What’s small, has orange wings with black veins and flies to Mexico for the winter? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a Monarch Butterfly.
From Madison Audubon Society:
“Monarch butterflies are important pollinators in Wisconsin. Population levels have declined in the U.S. by 90% over the last 20 years. The U.S. Dept. of the Interior is considering placing the monarch butterfly on the Endangered Species List, and the Wisconsin DNR is actively encouraging efforts to preserve this species. Milkweed plays a critical role in the habitat needs of the monarch, and it is believed that much of the population decline is due to the disappearance of this plant.”
Helping Habitat in Wisconsin
Posted on the WI Dept. of Corrections website:
“St. Croix Correctional Center in Wisconsin is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Natural Resources to improve butterfly habitat in the St. Croix Valley. In recent years, the nesting sites for Monarch Butterflies in the U.S. have been dramatically reduced. Monarch Butterfly populations declined to the lowest recorded level in 2013 – 2014, and there is imminent risk of failed migration.
Several State and Federal agencies have become involved in projects to increase the number and size of nesting sites. Improving the nesting areas for Monarch Butterflies also improves the area for other pollinators which includes butterflies, bees, some birds, bats, and other insects.
SCCC is using five acres of land on the center’s property to help in these efforts. Staff provided funds and time to build a greenhouse and provide project supplies. Additionally, SCCC donated approximately 1,500 ‘plugs’, or small plants, to the USFWS for distribution to grant partners and the local community.”
Additional efforts have been made throughout the State (including the Fox Cities) to encourage the planting of milkweed.
Did You Know?
Wisconsin is home to at least 10 native milkweed species, all of which support caterpillars of monarch butterflies by providing the one and only plant material the monarch caterpillars will eat.
From the USFWS website:
“We are excited to be a part of leading the charge in protecting monarch butterflies across the American landscape. Saving the monarch butterfly will not happen without working together, creating collaborative opportunities. We are engaging with more than 50 partners throughout North America to enhance our conservation efforts to provide a future filled with monarchs.
Since 1995, the Wildlife Without Borders – Mexico Program has made a continuing commitment to support the conservation of monarch butterflies throughout the migration and overwintering sites.
Learn more about partnerships through Monarch Joint Venture.”
If you’re interested in helping the Monarch’s habitat, check out Monarch Watch or research local organizations in your area.
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