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Artist: Jessica Duttenhefner

The Year of the Monarch

The Monarch butterfly is one of the most well-known species in North America.  Renowned for their long-distance seasonal migration and spectacular winter gatherings in Mexico and California. 

This once common butterfly has recently declined to dangerously low levels. This dramatic decline has been driven in large part by the destruction of their habitat and associated milkweeds -- the only plants the monarch caterpillar will eat. North Dakota Parks and Recreation has made the Monarch butterfly the face of the 2019 annual pass to help raise awareness around the issue. 

The USFWS is currently assessing the status of the monarch to determine if it needs Endangered Species Act protection. A listing decision is scheduled for June 2019.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can do your part for monarchs by planting native wildflower butterfly or pollinator gardens with milkweed. There are nine species of native milkweed in North Dakota.  The most common species are common milkweed and showy milkweed. Other milkweed species include green comet, oval-leaf, plains, prairie, sidecluster, swamp and whorled milkweed. 

 

LEARN MORE

Learn more about how you can help save the monarch by checking out these websites:

USFWS  https://www.fws.gov/savethemonarch/

NDGFD https://gf.nd.gov/monarch/

Xerces Society https://xerces.org/monarchs/