WILD ONES WILD FOR MONARCHS CAMPAIGN
The Wild for Monarchs committee has developed a tool kit for Chapters and members to use for their Monarch activities in 2013. Of particular interest is information in the Wild for Monarchs Brochure Text shown here in pdf format. This brochure includes not only how-to instructions on how to get started, but also a list of plants specifically used by monarch butterflies.
Another item in the kit is the Wild for Monarchs slide show which covers the gamut of things you want to know about helping the monarch migration. Here is the text in pdf format of the Wild for Monarch presentation:
If you would like to receive copies of any of these materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Here are some of the Wild for Monarchs documents for your use:
- Milkweed Basics.pdf
- Wild for Monarchs brochure.pdf
- Wild for Monarchs bookmark.pdf
- Monarch Larva Monitoring Project MLMP Info Sheet.pdf
- Wild for Monarch Citizen Science Brochure.pdf
Feel free to share them with friends, family and community officials. Because milkweed is such an essential part of the monarchs habitat, we encourage you to gather milkweed seed and share it or scatter it where you can.
Here are samples of some labels for your use with the seed you may be sharing seed with friends, family and municipal officials. Complete germination instructions can be found here: Germinating Milkweed from Seed.
You can distribute milkweed seed to the public by placing the seed in small zip lock bags. We have used 3 x 4 or 2 x 2 inch bags. Place a label on each bag with the type of seed and instructions. Click the link below for examples of labels for common, swamp and butterfly milkweed seeds. You can print on 2 x 4 labels and stick on the bags or on plain paper and fold over the top of the bag and staple.
The Wild Ones Journal has produced some excellent articles on monarchs:
- Monarch Matters (pdf)–The monarch migration is in danger.
- Wild for Monarchs (pdf)–Get wild for monarchs collect milkweed seeds.
- Milkweeds: Not Just for Monarchs (pdf)–Supporting populations of pollinators is important.
- Monarch Matters (pdf)–The history of monarch tagging and research.
- Common Milkweed (pdf)–An uncommonly good choice for monarchs and meadow gardens
- Can Milkweed Hurt Monarchs? (pdf)–What about tropical milkweed?
- Monarch Matters (pdf)–Fall is a great time to transplant milkweed plants.
- Meaningful Gardening (pdf)–“Tricks of the Trade to Bring Life to Your Garden” including a graphic design for a Midwest garden Meaningful Gardening garden design
Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs
Wild Ones has joined in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs program to promote and educate our members and the public about developing native habitat in an effort to save the Northeast Region Monarch Migration. Monarch Joint Venture has many informative articles and fact sheets about monarch butterflies. Here are two of our favorite.
The Milkweed Fact Sheet is most helpful, showing regions of the US and what milkweed species is native to that locale. Check out Monarch Joint Venture Publications for more fact sheets and other informative publications.
Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs website also has some excellent materials and information. Check out the Monarch Watch website to read about their various programs and to order the posters below as well as other monarch related materials.
You might also like to listen to this presentation by Dr. Chip Taylor, founder of Monarch Watch, entitled “Monarch Butterfly Conservation — The Challenge Ahead.”
Please watch these webpages for updated information and new and exciting events.
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