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Monarch Joint Venture
Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
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Bring Back the Monarchs
University of Kansas
1200 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
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NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS JOIN TOGETHER TO SAVE THE MONARCH!
Wild Ones goes Wild for Monarchs!
Wild Ones, Native Plants, Natural Landscapers, has joined forces with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch's Bring Back the Monarch Campaign in an effort to save America's favorite butterfly, the Monarch. According to Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch, monarch numbers are down across the US mostly because of habitat loss. The overuse of herbicides along roadsides and elsewhere is turning diverse areas that support monarchs, pollinators, and other wildlife into grass-filled landscapes that support few species.
Wild Ones brings knowledge and support regarding the plants that the monarchs need to survive. The major emphasis for this partnership will be to increase the number of milkweed plants across the US. Wild Ones membership and 50 local chapters will work at the "plants-roots" level to educate the public and to plant local varieties of milkweed.
Wild Ones, Native Plants, Natural Landscapes educates about and advocates the use of locally native plants and natural landscaping, and the restoration, preservation and establishment of ecosystems through networking, educational programs, chapter activities and other events.
The Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of organizations working together across the continental U.S. to conserve the monarch migration, through a strategic and science-based approach. The MJV's work includes: habitat conservation in monarch breeding grounds and western overwintering sites; education to share information on monarchs with diverse audiences; and research and monitoring to inform monarch conservation efforts.
The Bring Back the Monarch program's goals are to restore 20 milkweed species to their native ranges throughout the United States. Milkweeds are the only plants on which monarch females will lay eggs and the larvae will feed. To sustain the monarch population, it is necessary to restore milkweeds and replace the monarch habitats lost to development, roadside maintenance and agriculture. Adult monarchs need nectar to reproduce and this program encourages the planting of nectar producing native flowers that support monarchs and other pollinators.
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If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, contact Donna VanBuecken of Wild Ones , firstname.lastname@example.org
or Priya Shahani of Joint Monarch Venture, email@example.com
, or Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch, firstname.lastname@example.org