CFS Seeks Legal Protection for Monarchs Under Endangered Species Act Monarch butterflies are one of the most beautiful and iconic insects in the world, and they are in serious trouble. The monarch butterfly population in North America has been shrinking at an alarming rate. Why? A major culprit is the use of herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup on genetically engineered crops, which is destroying a significant portion of their breeding habitat.
My dad started a butterfly garden a few years back. It was so easy (just buy a few milkweed plants at a garden center) and butterflies will come, lay their eggs, eat every single leaf off of your plants, and then find a perfect spot to make their chrysalis and transform into a butterfly. So fun and never gets old :)
Did you notice how few #monarchs passed through this fall? Yesterday, the New York Times posted an editorial about the plight of monarch #conservation. The problem is as complicated and multifaceted as their incredible life cycle. But issues on both the Mexican wintering grounds and the North American breeding grounds are at fault. What can the average citizen do up here in the north? Try planting milkweed in your yard!! #butterfly #migration