Two recent stories advise us to help monarchs by NOT doing what is temporarily pleasing. I consider these warnings emblematic of the conservation actions people should be taking in general, for more t...
Captive rearing of monarch butterflies can have unintended consequences for this beloved species, including spreading parasites to wild populations and diminishing genetic diversity.
Of course, you should feel welcome to raise a caterpillar or two to teach your family about monarchs or to report to a citizen science project; we certainly recognize the value of these aspects of captive rearing. However, we encourage you to put the rest of your efforts into other actions to support monarch conservation.
Instead of rearing butterflies, we advise taking action to make our landscapes better for monarchs by: Protecting natural habitat; planting native milkweed and flowers; avoiding pesticides; supporting wildlife-friendly, local, and organic agriculture; contributing to research efforts via citizen science; and organizing ourselves to push for policy changes. For more information about ways to help monarchs, check out resources on the websites of the Xerces Society and the Monarch Joint Venture.
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The Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect t...
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