In praise of Monarchs!

But not of the royal variety.

Last week, author and blogger (4am Writer) Kate Johnston published a post about getting 1 million supporters to help save the monarch butterfly. Kate was very happy for me to republish that here on Learning from Dogs. Please read it and sign up.

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Join the Monarch Squad

World Wildlife Fund has set a goal – getting 1 million supporters to help save the monarch butterfly.

Threatened by illegal logging, global warming, herbicide use, and vanishing food source (milkweed) for caterpillars, monarchs are in serious danger.

“Now more than ever, Mexico, the United States, and Canada should increase their conservation efforts to protect and restore the habitat of this butterfly along its migratory route,” said Omar Vidal, Director General for WWF-Mexico.

Last year, I began planting my own butterfly garden in an effort to help provide a habitat for monarch butterflies, and any other form of wildlife that might seek food and shelter there.

BEFORE

Ready for planting!
Ready for planting!

AFTER

Not very organized and probably have too much in there, but I didn’t expect everything to take off the way it did!
Not very organized and probably have too much in there, but I didn’t expect everything to take off the way it did!
Turtles come through my backyard every summer to lay their eggs in the same place. Each generation of turtle somehow knows the exact route, like they have their own inner GPS.
Turtles come through my backyard every summer to lay their eggs in the same place. Each generation of turtle somehow knows the exact route, like they have their own inner GPS.
See the butterfly in the middle of the milkweed? This is not a monarch, as it has no white spots. I think it might be a fritillary, maybe the variegated species.
See the butterfly in the middle of the milkweed? This is not a monarch, as it has no white spots. I think it might be a fritillary, maybe the variegated species.
This is a harmless garter snake, and they love my garden!
This is a harmless garter snake, and they love my garden!
Just a baby, though. Hubs still took off, so my son had to take the pics.
Just a baby, though. Hubs still took off, so my son had to take the pics.
Hubs nearly ran over this guy with the mower. I had to come and get it ‘cuz it’s a snapping turtle!
Hubs nearly ran over this guy with the mower. I had to come and get it ‘cuz it’s a snapping turtle!

Spring is just around the corner in the US, and the monarch butterflies will be heading along their migratory route, back to their northern homes. They will be in search of food and shelter. They will need milkweed, the only plant on which they lay their eggs and the one food source for their babies.

If you have a backyard, won’t you consider providing a home for some beautiful monarchs? Even if you’re sans yard, you can still fight for their survival.

Join the Monarch Squad

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So, please sign up and share this as widely as you can.

For everyone’s sake!

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14 thoughts on “In praise of Monarchs!

      1. Same here. March has been running at nearly an inch of rain a day, as an average.

        [Correction: Just checked our weather station and we are up to 3.66″ month-to-date.]

      2. Here too and I am learning that the phrase “spotty showers” has a whole new meaning. I will be walking the dog with no rain, walk a block away and get poured on.

    1. Not just the Monarch Butterflies! Those insecticides may be responsible for a number of illnesses for both animals and humans. Indeed, there is a finger pointing at nicotinoids in terms of Parkinson’s disease.

      Great to have your comment!

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