US Fish & Wildlife Service Mounts Massive Campaign to Plant Milkweed for Monarchs

PictureMonarch butterfly caterpillars on milkweed. Photo: Kim Bailey

At last there’s a glimmer of hope for stopping the monarch’s death spiral. The US Fish & Wildlife Service is investing several million dollars in partnership projects with the National Wildlife Federation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and others to produce milkweed seeds and to plant vast areas in locally native milkweed along the monarch butterfly’s major flyway routes. 

Planting locally native milkweed is something each of us can do. To identify which milkweed is local to your area and to find seeds or plants, visit the Monarch Joint Venture. Not only will the monarch butterfly thank you, so will more than seventy other pollinator species that forage on milkweed.

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