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I do not know of another way to do this, that might reach huge numbers of interested people, but if you go to the Journey North site, you can find info on the plight of the Monarchs. See first comment.

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JL A (281)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 6:49 pm
Plant the right type of milkweed if you live in the migration path!

Mitchell D (87)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 6:55 pm
I am hoping to create a groundswell (literally even) of people across the country planting varieties of Milkweed plants, the ONLY species of plant upon which Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs.
The species is in rapid decline, and much of the reason is the absence of milkweed plants along the Monarchs' traditional, for lack of a better word, migration pathways.
This is the result,, in a big way, of a change in farming techniques over recent years, that allows farmers to keep milkweed and wildflowers at bay. The result, for Monarchs, is that they can't produce a large enough crop of descendants to make the trip north (usually taking 4 generations) and then back to Mexico, to roost for the winter, before returning to start the cycle over again. and, the latter out of the Univ. of Kansas are major players in tracking and studying Monarch migrations, and great sources of info.
If you can plant, even starting this Fall, what remains of the wintering population will be helped next spring.
At and, I believe you will find many Milkweed species. Prairie Nursery has plants organized according to soil type, and has many species of Miklweed, if i recall correctly.
I'm going to look into starting up a "Save The Monarchs" group here. If anyone has other ideas, please contact me, at Care2.
The more wildlife we loose, the more we loose ourselves.
Thank you.

Terry V (30)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 7:29 pm
Thank you

Tamara H (185)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 8:20 pm
Excellent post Mitch. I will share this with all of my social sites to spread the word. I posted a news story about the Monarchs a while back. Here is the link for it. Maybe it will have some more information for you to use as a resource. I don't know how to paste it here as a hot link, so I am afraid you will have to copy and paste. Thanks Mitch and Judi for the forward.

Diane K (134)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:11 pm
I think that Monarch butterflies are the prettiest kind of butterfly there is. They feed on milk weed pods, which I haven't seen a lot of here, but if there are new seeds, there are new plants & then new butterflies. thx JL & Mitch

James Merit (144)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:19 pm
Awesome info and post, thank you Mitchell D.!!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:37 pm
And again if the Milkweed pods are killed by the sprayings there won't be milkweed pods! So make sure you do not spray! Put a sign up if you need to if they are in a ditch or field! If it is not your land ask first! Most people would let you! Very interesting! They are Beautiful Butterflies!!
Thank you!

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:44 pm
Mwaaah! I DO THIS! Dandelion shared a site with me a year or two ago which allowed me to purchase little packets of pollinators and milkweed. I send them as gifts. THIS IS AWESOME TO I WILL CHECK OUT THE LINK IN THE MORNING. Nittie nite!

I hope this is appropriate to share these links as I've yet to read the article. I ONLY KNOW THE IMPORTANCE and this SOLUTION gives me HOPE and JOY!

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:46 pm
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cynthia l (207)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:47 pm
thank you I love butterflies but have had trouble finding milkweed seed

Karen Baker (71)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 10:05 pm
Thank you

Cindy Rhodes (106)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 11:35 pm
I do my best in the small space I have!!!! Thank you Mitchell!!

alicia m (97)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 11:36 pm
noted, gracias

Judy C (97)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:19 am
Thank you for all this info, Mitchell, and also to those who commented. I'll talk to my daughter and see what we can do.

Thanks for passing this information along, J.L.

Christeen Anderson (368)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:41 am
Thank you for the info. I planted milkweed for the first time this year.

Jane Williams (165)
Monday October 7, 2013, 3:33 am
Thank you for the education.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday October 7, 2013, 4:35 am

Thanks to you, Mitchell, for posting; and to Judi, for pointing me in this direction!


Ruth M (235)
Monday October 7, 2013, 4:48 am
Noted - thanks for forwarding JL

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:03 am
Treasure their life like ours

Kerrie G (116)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:51 am
Noted, thanks.

Barbara K (60)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:01 am
I love butterflies and one year I took a lot of pics of them, they are in an album on my care2 page. Anyway, my back yard is a hill. There is an area that is so steep that it isn't safe to mow it. So I took advantage of that and made it into a Meadow. I looked for wildflowers growing in the ditches in front of my house. Bought wildflower seeds, etc., and planted them there. They bloom and of course the grass is uncut too, and butterflies love them. They are sprayed with nothing, watered when it rains. Now I have lots of butterflies again, anyone can take a part of a backyard or area seldom used and save a lot of work later, by making it into a butterfly Meadow. I did put some Milkweed seeds in there, but don't know if they came up yet, this was last year. Anyway, it is a little work getting it started, but you folks with the proper space can give it a try, it is really so pretty as we don't see many Meadows any more, except out in the country. After it is all planted, there is virtually no work to keep it up, just let it be wild. Thanks for the great idea and I will look for more milkweed seeds too. Thanks, JL for leading me to here and thanks Mitchell for the great info.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:20 am
Great article. Love butterflies but sadly every year i see fewer. Thanks Mitchell

Ruth C (87)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:34 am
Sadly I have only seen a handful of Butterflies in the last 7 years.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:41 am
Thank you all!
Please spread the word, this needs to be virtually a continent wide effort, as grandiose as that sounds, to really be effective for saving the species.

. (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:55 am
Very interesting article, Mitchell. Thanks for sharing.

Mike H (252)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:11 am
Thanks for this info

Joe R (190)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:16 am
Thanks Mitchell.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:30 am
I want to correct a misunderstanding: The Monarch caterpillars do not feed on the pods of the plant, but on the leaves. The pods ripen, at their own time, and spread the seeds.
The caterpillars pretty well eat up the foliage,, not the flowers, which can be very pretty, but the plant will come back.

Pat B (356)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:46 am
We have milkweed growing wild here, so I got some plants a couple years ago. Planted them in the backyard, and Wah Lah, the butterflies come to visit every year. It's also been a science project (for the last three years) that my grand-daughter does. It's an awesome experience. Thanks.!!!

Mitchell D (87)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:04 pm
Pat B., speaks to a great opportunity to combine this effort with educating, and having fun with, our children, or grandchildren., has programs for teachers, such as their Tulip program, which involves planting a particular species of tulip at a school, and tracking the arrival of spring, as it moves north, by noting the blooming of the tulips.
They track everything from gray whales to hummingbirds, to monarchs.

Jeanne R (1203)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:55 pm
Unfortunately, I won't be in VT until next spring. When the Monarchs pass through, it's an amazing sight! I always keep plenty of milkweed along the tree line in many areas but, beyond that, for one to three days, they hang out on my property (many , many flower beds) but, also, patches of dirt and mud. I always kept the dogs in as much as possible on those days because, even I had difficulty walking around or driving past a certain area of road (we live on a dirt road on the side of a mountain). Breathtaking! Here in SW FL, I've never seen one! I thought that they'd more likely be in FL than VT but, I was wrong.

Kathleen R (192)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:20 pm
Well I don't know what happened to my comment, it must be in never never land. Thank you Mitch. This is so interesting, I didn't know very much about butterflies except that they were beautiful. I will now have to buy milkweed seeds after I investigate the varieties to get. Excellent information.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:16 pm
Thanks Susanne for mentioning the free milkweed seeds. Yes, I had placed an article on C2 over a year ago on the Free Milkweed seeds. Anyone wanting to get this information can go to the hotlink below and if you look in my first comment I have another hotlink to a Petition that is still active on C2. Too Few signatures on it, let us add more.

Thanks Mitchell for doing this and all else you do. This is an urgent situation for the Monarch Butterflies as so much of their source for life has been destroyed. My Granddaughter and I are planting milkweed in Florida in any location we can that will allow it to grow. I've a lot of households that now are growing milkweed.

JL A (281)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:37 pm
Please note they exist in places beyond North America too:
"The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871, where it is called the wanderer.[3][4][5] It is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe and a rare migrant in the United Kingdom.[6]"
From Wikipedia FYI

pam w (139)
Monday October 7, 2013, 3:20 pm
Absolutely! I've spoken with grounds keepers at the zoo...and they'll be planting milkweed! I'm already planting milkweed! Thanks, Mitch!

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday October 7, 2013, 5:28 pm
When I was growing up in Québec and Ontario, the butterflies that I most often saw, and certainly the only ones that I remember were the majestic monarch butterflies.

The monarch butterfly is beauty "personified"!

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:38 pm
Thank you dear Mitch, glad we all can work together to help the Monarch butterflies. There aren't too many in Lake Tahoe, but they are (used to be) just down the mountain.

I love the Monarchs and Swallowtails, don't see them much anymore either.

Thanks for the news on how to help them.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:48 pm
Thank you JL, for that info., I had not known about it.
And Pam, for your very quick action in regard to your zoo!

Gloria p (304)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:39 pm
What a lovely site!

Barb K (1688)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:54 pm
Wow! Thank you for the wealth of information Mitch and everyone who contributed their knowledge about Monarchs. I will check out the web sites! And thank you for the fwd Rhonda W.!! I hate that I can not send greenstars to anyone :( I pray that the Monarchs survive!!

John B (185)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:08 am
Thanks Mitch for this important info and links. Noted and shared.

Sherri G (128)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:47 am
Thank You for posting and JL for sending me the link. We need to do everything we can to save the Monarchs. I don't live in the migration path but I hope others see this and do what they can to help. Tweeted and Noted.

. (0)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:04 am
Notée, merci de l'information

Danuta W (1249)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 3:52 am

Lona G (80)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:22 am
Kudos for the great work you're doing trying to save the Monarch butterfly, Mitch. There's very little I can do from here, as it habitat is restricted to America, but I wish you and all the Care2 members who do their utmost to save this beautiful species a lot of success.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:52 am
I want to thank everyone who has commented, or will.
Please note that I, and apparently others, are unable to send new Green Stars, at this time. The problem began sometime yesterday afternoon.

JL A (281)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 8:26 am
from SummerAnnie on new way of doing green stars in an F&S post:"its like Duane said... its new.

"When you find a post in say Healthy Living and want to send a star. Click on it and you wont fly off the page to click on that persons profile. It will say after you click to send a ... sent! Instantly

Another good trick is when you go to a persons profile and Send a STAR, you just click on it and before your very eyes the greenstar is sent but you havent gone off the page. It will show you immediately after you click to send a greenstar on their profile AND a little box will appear if you arent sure and it will say... You already sent a greenstar with in the hour or something similar."

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 9:35 am
Green stars are flying, and better than ever!!!!

Waltraud U (85)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:12 pm
noted - thank you

Carlene V (202)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:45 am
Thanks for the post and links to help the butterflies. Will connect and get some milkweed to plant, we are slowly turning a sizeable portion of our front and back yards into native plants, so it's all good.

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:53 am
Way to go, Carlene!!
I had a "Certified Wlldlife" plaque at my former residence, from the World Wildlife Fund, I believe. Among other things planted there, was Asclepius Tuberosa, or Butterfly Weed, a milkweed, and I had a great time, one year, watching monarch caterpillars develop from eggs to adulthood, in September, and then, presumably, heading off to Mexico.

Dwain La'Brooy (331)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Gene J (290)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 8:55 am
The problem with milkweed is that it is considered a weed and many farmers spray for weeds. Monsanto has genetically modified seeds with the poison already in them. Planting lots of it is is a great idea but until we stop trying to kill everything someone considers a pest with toxins, this is stop gap at best. I used to love the milkweeds that covered our pastures and the Monarchs that darkened the skies now knowing of the connection as a child. This is sad but it is an extension of the war on the natural world DDT began and Monsanto is continuing. I'd like to see the natural world win this fight but have doubts as money really talks in this field as so many.

P A (117)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 12:18 pm
Excellent site - thanks Mitchell - so glad people are helping the Monarch butterflies!

Marianne B (107)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:23 pm
not only milkweed, but I notice them also on my Jatropia trees. One milkweed is in front of my backporch, so I can watch as they eat the leaves and blooms. Fortunately, the nurseries are filled with many other butterfly attracting plants.

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:13 pm
Gene, I I can only agree with you about the use of toxins, and about money talking, and while this may only be stop gap, it is better than siting idly by, feeling utterly powerless.
When you mention "seeds with poison already in them," in this context, i must admit to confusion: How does that impact milkweed?

Gene J (290)
Friday October 11, 2013, 10:15 am
The way I recall it, Mitch, is that the pesticides contained in Monsanto seeds, like wheat and alfalfa, don't remain in the fields in which they are planted but spread into ditches and pastures and those toxins are deadly to the milkweed plant, some of them are intended to be so that none might grow in the wheat field but the effect isn't and can't be confined to the field as the gmo's are taken by the wind to other areas where milkweed once grew but does no longer.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday October 11, 2013, 12:53 pm
Thanks, Gene.
If that is true, it would TOTALLY suck!
I've not come across that concept before, but since Monsanto incorporates evil incarnate, in the form of greed and lack of concern for the negative consequences for its actions, I would not be surprised if it is true.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday October 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
Hi Gene, I just posted a question about these poisons on a blog, on Monarch Watch. I am guessing that Dr. Chip Taylor, MW's director, or someone will have some definitive answer about the pesticides.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday October 11, 2013, 5:17 pm
Okay, I just came back from a trip to "Journey North," where I posed the same question. Let's see what we get.

Anne P (174)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 8:39 am
Thanks so much for posting, Mitch. I saw only one monarch this summer - usually we get many.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 9:46 am
For anyone interested, this is the answer I received from Journeynorth, about the issue raised in Gene's comment.

1) Round-up Ready crops
Monsanto produces soy and corn which can grown when sprayed with Round-up as a way to control weeds in ag fields (including milkweed). Countless acres where milkweed formerly grew are now not producing any milkweed.

2) Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis)
Bt is a natural soil-dwelling bacterium, commonly used as a biological pesticide. It is genetically inserted into crops to kill caterpillar pests; ingesting Bt destroys the gut of lepidoptera, including monarchs. The pollen from these crops can be blown by the wind and affect non-target organisms.

The effect of Bt GMOs on monarchs is not nearly of the scale as Round-up Ready crops.

The use of bt is fairly common in gardening, but, as with anything good, it can be abused.
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