wayS WE CAN HELP protect the monarch
AMERICA + CANADA
1. AVOID USING PESTICIDES
Spraying your plants with pesticides and other chemicals will kill them. Try to plant organically and make the pledge to remove problematic plants by hand.
2. PLANT MILKWEED
Milkweed is a food source and a place for the Monarch to plant its eggs. There are many different species of this plant, so make sure you choose the right one to plant. The sap of the milkweed plants also contain toxic chemicals, making the caterpillars and butterflies unappetizing to its predators.
3. CREATE A GARDEN
The adult monarch drinks nectar from flowers to survive. Plant nectar rich, native flowering plants in your garden to ensure that these butterflies have a healthy food source. As the monarchs have a long pilgrimage, this will assist them in their search for sustenance. Some plants that are rich with nectar include lantana, liatris, echinacea, sages, bee balm and yarrow. Of course, flowering milkweed is also a great option.
4. buy fsc-certified wood
Mexico forests are one of the places that monarch butterflies reside in the winter. Unfortunately, illegal logging is reducing the amount of trees that our tiny friends can live in. By making the effort to exclusively purchase FSC certified wood, it ensures that the demand for these illegally sourced logs are lowered.
5. take climate change action
Climate change is real and has a domino effect on many different elements. The migration of the monarch butterfly is influenced by seasonal temperature fluctuations. Changes in the natural season's temperatures can disrupt their travel, and threaten their habitat and milkweed supply. Click here for 101 ways you can take small changes to combat climate change.
There are many non-for-profit organisations dedicated to saving the Monarch Butterfly by planting milkweed and raising awareness. One reputable organisation is the Save Our Monarchs Foundation located in Minnesota. They have the option to donate as little as $2 to their cause - no effort is too small to have a positive impact.
7. START a CONVERSATION
Awareness is key. Start spreading the word with your family and friends. Wearing our Monarch Butterfly collection is a way to spark conversation.