We see them everywhere here in the Northeast but do we see them as much as we used to? The Friend’s Green Team has been nurturing all the gardens at the park specifically to attract and support butterflies. Please take a moment to really look at all the plantings and you’ll see what we’re doing to help.
There are Four Basic Steps you can do to help them right in your own backyard:
- Plant and nurture milkweed plants
- Plant and nurture Nectar Plants
- No Pesticides
- Educate others
Here is an informational post from NPR:
“The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers.
“It’s just a devastating decline,” said Stuart Pimm, an ecologist at Duke University who was not involved in the new listing. “This is one of the most recognizable butterflies in the world.”
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature added the migrating monarch butterfly for the first time to its “red list” of threatened species and categorized it as “endangered” — two steps from extinct.”