Pollinators, like butterflies and bees, are responsible for approximately one-third of the world’s food source. Imagine that one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinating insects’ services.
There are many ways that you can help pollinators, even in your own backyard! Creating habitat for pollinators is a great place to start. Milkweed is important for monarchs, because this is where they lay their eggs and where their caterpillars get nutrition as they grow. Other flowering plants are important to have around too, as they provide nectar sources for adult monarchs and many other types of pollinators.
Other ways to help:
- Report your monarch sightings through Journey North and Monarch Joint Venture.
- Report your bee sightings through the Bee spotter and Bumble Bee Watch.
- Learn how to help and stay up to date with the latest pollinator information - Michigan State University Extension
- Learn about creating monarch habitat and planting native milkweed - Monarch Joint Venture
- Native milkweed species by region - Monarch Joint Venture
- Six ways to save monarchs - National Wildlife Federation Blog
- Citizen science: opportunities to study monarchs - Monarch Joint Venture
- Make a donation to the Nongame Wildlife Fund.