Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thousands Work to Save the Monarch Butterfly

From a recent Facebook post, The Daily Prism couldn’t help but notice that while there are, indeed, people on the planet that remain bent on negativity in thought and behavior, the exact opposite lives with the passion for life and all the beauty found on the planet.  This army of those who care brings voice to living.
The particular post was about monarch butterflies—a beautiful insect in danger of extreme population reduction, due to a number of environmental reasons—most at the hand of humans.  
A quick internet search brought up a multitude of volunteer organizations and efforts that span the North American continent to save the monarch butterfly.
According to the Monarch Butterfly Fund, this summer, volunteers planted 32,350 trees in the Buffer Zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve — an effort to save the Mexican forest in peril that play a role in the monarch butterfly’s two-way migration.
In June, the University of Minnesota wrote:Save Our Monarchs Foundation, a new foundation dedicated to saving the threatened monarch butterfly, has launched in the Twin Cities…
A grassroots non-profit organization, Save Our Monarchs is the only foundation in the U.S. whose sole mission is to save the monarch butterfly by planting more milkweed – the sole source of sustenance of the monarch caterpillar.
The organization’s goal is to distribute 100,000 milkweed seed packets in 2014 to “help save our beloved butterflies.”
The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy in Virginia notes on its website, We can plant milkweeds and fall nectar plants - every garden plot, especially when added to the gardens of our neighbors and their neighbors and their neighbors, can make a difference. We can also serve as a model or catalyst for other communities to do the same.
Their campaign includes:
Restoring habitat and planting Monarch Waystations at schools, homes, churches and businesses that will flourish for Monarchs and other wildlife; and raising and releasing Monarchs, especially in the late summer and fall. 



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