About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Help save the Monarchs in Michigan

Michigan DNR Press Release

Fall is here, and with the cooler temperatures and lessening daylight, many different species have begun to migrate. One remarkable insect that makes such a journey is the monarch butterfly. Monarchs from Michigan typically travel south to Mexico to overwinter. Unfortunately, this remarkable insect has had a 90-percent decrease in its eastern population over the last 20 years.

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:

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