butterfly heroes

How Communities Helped Wildlife in 2017

It has not been the best year for wildlife or conservation. But conservationists are still fighting and we have had some victories in 2017. Communities have been coming together to …

Saving the Monarch Butterfly – One Garden at a Time

In 2017, with the support of the Disney Conservation Fund and Botanical Interests, we distributed 66,000 Butterfly Heroes kits – native milkweed and pollinator plants and guidance (how-to)  information.  We …

Make Gardening for Wildlife a Family Affair

Gardening for wildlife is a great way to enjoy time outdoors as a family and make a difference for local birds, butterflies and other wildlife at the same time. When …

Five Butterfly Garden Tips from a Butterfly Hero!

In 2015, then 9 year-old, Genevieve Leroux from San Luis Obispo, CA pledged to be a Butterfly Hero and help save the monarch butterfly. Not only did she plant the …

New Numbers Show Monarch Butterfly Populations Still in Trouble

The annual population status report for the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has been released showing a 27 percent decrease from last year’s population. Populations of this once-common iconic black and …

Working Together to Promote the Great Outdoors

Every year, the National Wildlife Federation engages thousands of people in wildlife conservation and outdoor experiences with the help of partners from across the country. One of these partners, the …

Monarch Butterflies in National Parks

The monarch butterfly is one of the many wildlife species that can be observed in National Parks all over the country. Monarch butterflies are also one of the important pollinators …

Butterfly Heroes’ Highlights and Successes

The National Wildlife Federation’s Butterfly Heroes program sought to bring awareness to the declining population of monarchs and other pollinators and connect gardeners, kids, and families alike to protect these important species. …

Monarch Identification Chart

Quiz: Will These Monarch Look-Alikes Fool You?

Each year I search desperately in butterfly gardens, hoping to catch a glimpse of a monarch butterfly. I’ll admit, there are a few butterfly species that trick me. The viceroy …

Create an Enchanted Wildlife Garden

Our children have the ability to connect with nature through individual exploration and imagination in our Certified Wildlife Habitat. I often enjoy watching my children playing outdoors and seeing what …

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