Over the past two decades, the monarch butterfly has been disappearing. As the population statistics grow more dire, efforts have been increased to restore their population. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, monarchs experienced poor weather conditions during 2020 spring and fall migrations. However, there are several steps that you can take at home including scattering milkweed seeds and creating a pollinator garden.
Getting your garden ready for spring? The City has milkweed seeds, the only food source for monarch caterpillars and a mixture of the best nectaring plants for all butterflies. You can pickup your own seed packets now at City Hall in the Water Department on the 2nd floor.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have published steps that you can take at home to create a pollinator garden. From choosing your location, selecting your soil type to planting your seeds, they have outlined all your steps and provide some great details.
How to Build a Pollinator Garden (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Live Monarch Foundation
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Save the Monarch
The Monarchs are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help (Forest Preserve District of Will County)