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Help Save the Monarchs! Visit the Milkweed Seed Finder Guide to Find Milkweed For Your Area

Animals  (tags: Monarchs, migration, endangered, habitat, protection, wildlife )

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It's spring, or soon will be. This year, find a place for some native milkweed plants which will help the Monarchs on their yearly migration. This guide from the Xerces Society allows you to look for sources in your state.

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Linda Rust (69)
Monday March 17, 2014, 6:20 am
35 Million Milkweed Seeds Ready to Plant: Can You Help?
The reports of dismally low numbers of monarch butterflies at overwintering sites in Mexico continue to make news headlines, with population numbers now at record lows. While multiple causes of the decline have been identified, scientists consider the loss of milkweeds (the monarch's required caterpillar host plants) due to agricultural intensification and urban development to be a leading factor. Consequently, the need to plant and protect milkweeds is greater than ever.

Xerces' Project Milkweed has been working with native wildflower seed nurseries, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and community partners to produce huge volumes of milkweed seed to meet this challenge. In just three years, this work has led to the production of 35 million milkweed seeds! A key partner in this effort is the California-based Hedgerow Farms, a leader in the production of seed for wildlife plantings. We also partnered with Native American Seed in Texas and Ernst Conservation Seeds, based in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Working with these and other leading native plant nurseries, large-scale Project Milkweed seed production fields are now established in key states along the central and southern migration corridor and in core breeding areas of the West. As a result of this effort, milkweed seed is rapidly becoming more available.

Xerces' work with farmers and the NRCS has led to the establishment of tens of thousands of acres of diverse plantings that include milkweed, across much of the monarchs' breeding range. These types of plantings directly benefit breeding monarchs.

Will you help us continue this effort by planting milkweed?

To make it easy, we are pleased to announce the launch of Xerces' Milkweed Seed Finder, a comprehensive directory of milkweed seed vendors across the country. The Seed Finder provides quick access to locally native seed sources with an easy-to-use drop down menu of all commercially available milkweed species across the United States, and a state-by-state directory of seed companies that offer them.

As more seed becomes available, our goal is to see 100 million milkweed seeds planted across the country in the next two years. Use Xerces' Milkweed Seed Finder to learn more about how to select and purchase the milkweed seed that's right for your area.

The seed is ready at leading native wildflower nurseries across the county. Will you find a place to plant it?

rosemary weston (1)
Thursday August 7, 2014, 7:11 pm
i managed to get some milkweed growing from pods i collected along the roadside. they spread by runners, so i have lots of them in my yard now and this is the first year they flowered. i will have lots of pods full of seeds and hope to find some people to help me distribute the seeds. i used to bring pods i found to the daycare center and let the wind blow the little" parachutes"while the children ran around trying to catch them.

HERBACIDES are mainly to blame for killing off much of our milkweed and other native flowering plants that butterflies need...plant a butterfly garden!
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