The Monarch butterfly populations have plummeted by as much as 90% in the past 20 years and are on the cusp of moving toward protection on the Endangered Species Act.
One of the primary reasons for this decline is the decrease in milkweed plants, which grow easily in Minnesota. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of the milkweed plant and it is the only source of food for the monarch caterpillar. If you have milkweed growing in your yards and fields, please don’t pull it, and let it grow. Planting milkweed is one of the easiest ways that we can make a difference for the monarchs.
Residents that are interested in planting milkweed in their yards to help the Monarch butterflies can pick up a bag of seeds, free of charge, while supplies last, at City Hall, 2052 County Road 24, Medina, MN 55340 during regular business hours M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Additional resources on the Monarch Butterfly can be found below:
http://www.monarchjointventure.org/resources/publications/ – View a number of publications on Monarchs and Milkweed
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/index.html – This organization was started by Karen Oberhauser at the U of M who has studied the Monarchs for years
http://www.nwf.org/Pollinators/Monarch/Milkweed-Resources.aspx – The National Wildlife Federation explains the importance of milkweed.
http://www.saveourmonarchs.org/ – This organization is out of Edina, MN, and is working to provide milkweed seeds for planting. The site also does a great job of explaining the importance of milkweed.
http://www.nwf.org/Pollinators/Monarch/Communities.aspx – The National Wildlife Federation provides practical examples of what communities can do to help protect the Monarch butterflies.
Links for Purchasing Bulk Milkweed Seeds