As the population of monarch butterflies is constantly dropping, authorities are becoming increasingly worried that so many valuable pollinators are going to be lost. Along with the bees that are perishing as well, officials fear that millions of dollars worth of crops will be affected.
“The monarch butterfly population is dangerously low and scientists fear we could lose the species altogether,” said Nina Veteo, who is the executive director of Monarch Rescue.
A lot of money has been invested in research, to allow experts to analyze the cause behind the death of so many butterflies, but also to come up with solutions to save them.
In the United States, they are already a rare sight and very few people can still contemplate its gorgeous colorful wings, that make it such a beautiful creature.
Authorities have already decided to start keeping gardeners informed regarding the means through which they can bring their contribution to keep the monarch butterflies alive. On Tuesday, September 15, a lesson will be held at the Canton Public Library on this matter.
Gardeners and any other interested people will learn how to turn their garden into a Monarch Waystation. Issues such as the monarch plight will be discussed and explained by Master Gardener Jean White. Master Gardener Marcia Tate will afterwards show the Waystation behind the library.
The nonprofit organization Monarch Watch was the one that first came up with the idea of setting up Monarch Waystations. They aim to provide nourishment and shelter that are pesticide-free to monarchs throughout their whole lifecycle. These gardens should have plenty of milkweed for these insects to feed on.
Several Master Gardeners from Haywood County have recently had their own gardens certified as Monarch Waystations. Out of these, three of them are public and four are individual gardens.
The use of pesticides, along with climate change and their long migration to Mexico, has led to a very rapid decrease in the number of butterflies all over the United States. The government is planning to start using lands for pesticide-free milkweed and wild flowers to allow bees and butterflies to be healthier and maybe put an end to this massive loss.
People are also advised to stop using pesticides that are harmful to these insects and start attending programs where they could get information regarding the steps they should take to bring their contribution.
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