Is Your Garden a Monarch Waystation?
Monarch Watch Monarch Waystation Initiative
As many of you know, “Monarch Waystations” are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to reproduce and sustain their migration. Most of these habitats are simply specialized gardens at homes, schools, businesses, zoos, nature centers, parks, and other unused (or under used) plots of land.
Since Monarch Watch announced this initiative in 2005, more than 5,000 habitats around the world have been registered with them as Monarch Waystations.
This is a certainly a good start, but we need to do more.
In the United States we are losing 6,000 acres per day to development – a major contributing factor to the decline of monarch butterfly populations. To assure a future for monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweeds needs to become a national priority.
By creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation you are contributing to monarch conservation, an effort that will help assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon.
Please consider establishing and registering a Monarch Waystation this year and encourage others to do so as well – thank you!