Ways YOU Can Help Monarchs

By Katy Macek

UW Arboretum Director Karen Oberhauser has been researching monarch butterflies for more than 30 years. She recommends these four simple ways to help the declining species:

  • Create your own monarch habitat. Include native-to-Wisconsin milkweed and nectar plants and avoid pesticides such as mosquito repellent.
  • Talk to people. Oberhauser describes an “all-hands-on-deck” approach. “If people learn something about monarchs, tell other people,” she says. “If you put a garden in, include a sign that explains what you’re doing.”
  • Participate in citizen science programs that track monarch data. See our August story on citizen science, “Report What You See.”
  • Financially support any local, state or national organization that is working on monarch conservation or land conservation.

A list of plants, tips for habitat creation, websites to track monarch data and much more can be found at wimonarchs.org.

Read our full story on the “Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative.”

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