Earlier this month I read that Monarch butterfly populations appear to be making a comeback, or at least are not further diminishing. To read this good news, click here.
Tracking Monarchs would require a teeny-tiny monitor, and where would you put one on a butterfly? Here's the answer!
We have had milkweed growing in the median strips in the Library's parking lot. Unfortunately, they tend to be mowed along with the grass. Maybe this year we can rope them off as a preventive measure. Planting and maintaining milkweed plants is one way ordinary citizens can help to save the Monarch butterflies.
If you'd like to do your part, head to the website for Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA. You'll find links to ongoing efforts here.
Monarchs' decreasing numbers had been an issue for a number of years, and I'd like to think that novelist, Barbara Kingsolver, may have helped to raise awareness through her 2012 book, Flight Behavior [F KIN, AB/CD KIN, also eBook]. I recommend it, and, if your book group is looking for a discussable title, Flight Behavior will fit the bill.
With the help of concerned individuals, next year's Monarch population news will be even better!