Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monarch Butterflies - miracles of the sky

I taught high school for 3 1/2 years after obtaining my MS, and while waiting on my husband to finish his PhD.  I had my classes build an outdoor wildlife habitat, and one of the things we did was obtain milkweed seeds from Live Monarch to plant in our habitat, in order to attract monarch butterflies.  You can actually get FREE seeds (well, please donate the recommended minimum of at least $3 to offset postage so that they can continue the work that they do) to raise your own milkweed!  Or, you can get plants for only $1!  What a deal!

Their goal: The education, involvement, assistance and acknowledgment of persons directly acting to benefit the Monarch Butterfly and various native creatures who have suffered a decline in their natural habitats.

Did You Know? Each year aproximately 180-280 million Monarchs start migrating, mate, lay eggs along the way and their children continue the round trip. Milkweed is needed along the entire route or they will not survive. It takes more than one milkweed plant for each surviving adult due to natural predators. That is an enormous ammount of milkweed! Most North Americans were very lucky to have seen even one Monarch Butterfly over the past few years.

Visit their site map, where you can learn all sorts of things, from how to fix a butterfly's wing to ideas for a monarch-themed birthday gift to care instructions for eggs and caterpillars.

Kids can adopt a FREE online butterfly, enter an art contest, or visit this site full of fun links.

What are you waiting for?  Check them out!

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