|Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat in North America|
The Monarch Butterfly is under siege because widespread agricultural pesticide use is systematically destroying the central element of its habitat – the milkweed plant it uses for food, shelter and nesting. The Monarch population numbered in the billions until the latter part of the 20th century and in the last 30 years has nosedived, with almost 1 billion monarchs dying off in the last 20 years alone.
The Think WI-SH Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat in North America initiative will join efforts already underway by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and private conservation groups to restore Monarch habitat by reestablishing milkweed populations, especially along the butterfly’s Midwest-to-Mexico migratory route. Think WI-SH is focusing on this particular threatened species in part because the Monarch butterfly is a spectacular, iconic creature, and in part because it plays an outsized role in pollination, and in part because the solution is straightforward and can be accomplished simultaneously at both individual and system levels.
The Think WI-SH initiative will focus on the individual by helping people become more aware and learn how to do the following:
- Reduce pesticide use in their own gardens and lawns
- Find and plant milkweed seeds in their own gardens
- Spread the word by educating their neighbors and encouraging them to join the effort
System-level changes take time, but individual actions can start today and the simple, individual actions listed above can start restoring Monarch habitat immediately – and your generous donation to the Think WI-SH Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat in North America initiative can make that happen even more quickly!
For more information on the Milkweed, please click on “Milkweed Fact Sheet“.