The beautiful Monarch butterfly is diminishing rapidly. The Monarch population, estimated to have been about one billion in the mid-1990s, has declined precipitously to around 50 million.
Monarch butterfly caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed plants. The adults also like to gather nectar from their flowers. So an easy thing we can do to help this beautiful insect is to plant milkweeds in our yards, helping them to feed and reproduce.
The Environmental Restoration Group wants to encourage milkweed plantings. We have given away free milkweed plants and plan to continue to do so. Don’t be put off by the names. Common milkweed has a beautiful, fragrant, pink flower that does not seem “common” at all. Swamp milkweed, a beautiful, deeper pink flower, does not need a swamp to grow in. Both require minimal care. They only need as much sunshine as you can find on your property and some watering the first year while they get established.
Please do your part to expand habitat and food sources for these beautiful creatures.
The Environmental Restoration Group (ERG) will be glad to help identify plants for you and make suggestions for removal and for native replacements. Don’t hesitate to contact Terry Bonace (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bill Schaudt (email@example.com), or Candice Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), for assistance. Also, please visit our website at www.bserg.org for further information on invasive plants and native replacements.