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Desert Refuge: A New Way To Help Monarch Butterflies

Desert Refuge: A New Way To Help Monarch Butterflies

In July, the decline of the migratory monarch butterfly was once again in the spotlight. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classified migratory monarchs as endangered, naming habitat loss and climate change as major factors for their decline. In the...
Pollinator Plant Propagation

Pollinator Plant Propagation

Garden research is highlighting the importance of native plants for conservation of ecosystems and many types of animals, including pollinators. However, there is a lack of native plant material available for building habitat–from small backyard projects to large...
Assessing Suitability of Native Milkweeds

Assessing Suitability of Native Milkweeds

Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are the sole hostplant for monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Monarch caterpillars must consume milkweeds to survive. As monarchs are facing drastic declines, largely tied to loss of plant habitat, the Garden’s pollinator...
February Ecoflora Challenge | Monarchs, Milkweed and Mystery

February Ecoflora Challenge | Monarchs, Milkweed and Mystery

Join the February EcoQuest: Monarchs, Milkweeds and Mystery Find and map as many monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.) as possible. Monarch butterflies are in severe decline, with numbers from 2020 showing the lowest ever...
Milkweeds, monarchs and pollinators in a changing climate

Milkweeds, monarchs and pollinators in a changing climate

As monarch butterfly populations experience declines of up to 99%  across the United States, and essential host milkweed habitat is lost to urbanization, critical conservation choices need to be made about these species and their interactions. At the DPEL, staff...
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