“Monarch butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat. To assure a future for monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweeds needs to become a national priority.” – Chip Taylor, Director, Monarch Watch
The monarch butterfly is one of nature’s most amazing creatures. Each year, the monarchs we see in Maryland undertake an epic migration, traveling thousands of miles across North America to roosting grounds in the high-forested mountains of Mexico. It will take 3-4 generations of monarchs to complete their journey. Each generation depends on habitats rich in their host plant, milkweed.
Monarch populations are rapidly decreasing due to loss of habitat. Milkweed, once a plentiful native plant found in meadows, farms, gardens and roadsides, is in steep decline. Monarchs rely on milkweed to lay their eggs and as food for the young caterpillars. We may be on the brink of witnessing the extinction of the Monarchs if we do not reverse this trend.
It is not too late! Now is the time to plant native milkweed and nectar-rich native plants that support healthy habitats for monarchs! Every backyard can be a habitat for monarchs.