The local park by me used to be full of common milkweed and wildflowers, I used to see so many monarchs and other butterfly species that tagging was easy. The Church next to the park also had a field that was mowed twice a year, meaning in Summer it was able to grow various species of wildflowers too.
But in the past 2-3 years, the Park removed ALL milkweed and empty lots where milkweed grew, so i'm lucky if I see 4 to 5 common milkweed plants in my area per year!Imagine a huge parking lot sized area full of milkweed some almost 6 foot high, that's what I used to see! They replaced the park area where the milkweed grew with grass, yes grass, so kids can play their soccer tournaments. And the Church field now has a mini-football field for kids football and lacrosse practice. They mow twice a month, so any seeds left never grew. In 2003 I was able to tag monarchs, but after that year the milkweed slowly vanished until now it's all but gone. That was the only place for miles that had that vast concentration of milkweed. Except for highways where the occasional plant grows, I dont see any milkweed. I am steaming because this was a majorly bad thing for the monarchs and unless I raised monarchs cant even tag anymore. And long island (part of NY) if you look at the map, that's almost on the completely opposite end of the map from Mexico, no wonder so few tagged from long island ever are found in Mexico it almost the farthest point of the migration! I sent multiple letters to the town and suggested to plant milkweed at the park where they planted flowers for decor, they had a few years and never did the totally shot down my idea.
If I was able to get some info on way stations to them that may work or at least educate them what they had done was very bad, but I wont be able to explain it to them in person i'd have to mail this to the Town Hall. If anyone lives in the town West Babylon that's where I live.