One of the earth’s more magnificent migrations is that of the monarch butterfly. The destination of where they migrated to was only just discovered by scientists in 1976. Since then citizen scientists have monitored monarch numbers and visited their overwintering site in Michoacan, Mexico. While monitoring and collecting data on monarch numbers, citizen scientists have noticed a continual decline in their numbers over the last eight years. Many believe that changes in U.S. farming practices, land use, and intensifying weather conditions are aiding in the monarch decline. Help monarchs out by letting milkweed grow all summer and by mowing it much later in the fall.
We have had one sighting of a moarch in Plainfield, VT posted in July. If you see a monarch, please post it so we can help monitor their numbers!