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How Much Do You Know About Monarch Butterflies?

Spring has arrived and monarch butterflies are on the move. Soon they will arrive in our grassland prairies, meadows and backyard habitats. But how much do you know about these …

Declining Monarch Butterfly Finds Hope for Recovery in St. Louis

About this time last year, the National Weather Service spotted a cloud stretching from the St. Louis area east into Illinois. Meteorologists watching the radar noted that its shape was …

Helping Pollinators One Garden at a Time

As a passionate gardener, I believe all gardens, open fields, and community habitats can be made sustainable using native plants to help wildlife. Wildlife rely on native plants for food, cover, …

Students at NWF Eco-School Help Monarchs

It doesn’t get more heartwarming than this.  Students at PS 179 in Brooklyn are learning about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and helping this declining species at the same …

Kindergarteners Help Grow a Wild Brooklyn

One morning in early March, Park Ranger Michelle Luebke from Gateway National Recreation Area and Michael Butts from the Greenbelt Native Plant Center in Staten Island visited our kindergarten class …

Twelve Native Milkweeds for Monarchs

The monarch butterfly population in North America has plummeted by over 90 percent in just the last 20 years. Destruction of America’s grasslands ecosystems, commercial agricultural practices and even conventional gardening …

Monarch being released after emerging. Photo by Avelino Maestas.

High Stakes in Declining Monarch Butterfly Populations

As a child, I loved to spend my time chasing the majestic monarch butterflies as they danced around the woods and garden on my parents’ small farm in rural Georgia. Now …

Monarch chrysalis by Avelino Maestas.

A Visual Journey Through the Monarch Life Cycle

Monarch butterflies have been in the news quite a bit recently, due to their rapid decline. In order to find ways to help, it’s essential to first understand the life cycle of …

Monarch Butterfly by Bernadette Banville

Get Ready For Monarch Migration

If you spot monarch butterflies in your yard this month, there’s a good chance the eggs these insects are laying now will develop into the generation of adults that have …

Monarch butterfly by Lois Settlemeyer

From Presidents to Wildlife Gardeners, Monarch Butterflies Need All the Help They Can Get

It’s not often, if ever, that the White House convenes a meeting on the topic of insects. But that’s just what happened three weeks ago when John Holdren, director of …

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