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Calling All Monarch Butterfly Enthusiasts!

 
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“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrain of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.

- Rachel Carson



 

We Need You!

The status of the Monarch Butterfly population is not looking good. Drought in the Midwest, habitat loss at home, use of “Round-up Ready” seed crops, and deforestation in Mexico are taking their toll on Monarch butterflies. The population that reached Mexico this year is estimated to be the lowest ever recorded in their continued downward spiral. But we can help them! (We need to help them!)

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Hope lies in the future generations: in the fact that each female can lay 300 or more eggs in her lifetime but there must be milkweed and fall nectar plants (and good forest habitat in Mexico) to support them!

Here in Loudoun (and other parts less affected by drought or Round-up Ready crops) we can play a role in this relay of life that the Monarchs go through. We can plant milkweeds and fall nectar plants - every garden plot, especially when added to the gardens of our neighbors and their neighbors and their neighbors, can make a difference. We can also serve as a model or catalyst for other communities to do the same.

Our job is to make sure that healthy habitat exists so that the future generations have the best chance possible to bring back the magic. Let's do our part and inspire others to do the same!

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As part of our 2013 initiatives, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is kicking off a Monarch Butterfly campaign that will crisscross the County with educational programs, habitat restoration activities, native plant sales, artistic endeavors, blogging from the Monarch Sanctuaries in Mexico, and setting a challenge to raise and release more than 2,013 Monarch Butterflies in Loudoun this summer!

Our campaign has 5 main elements:
1) Sharing the story of the Monarch through community programs, school events, partnerships with other groups and organizations
2) Restoring habitat and planting Monarch Waystations at schools, homes, churches and businesses that will flourish for Monarchs and other wildlife
3) Raising and releasing Monarchs, especially in the late summer and fall
4) Connecting with communities in Mexico where our Monarchs overwinter and supporting restoration efforts there
5) Establishing a recurring program, because this is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

But we need your help to pull this off!

Click here for more information on our Monarch Campaign

Please help keep this magic alive!

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