This resource was a collaborative effort on behalf of the Duke Farms Education team.
At Duke Farms, August marks Monarch and Meadow Month as we focus on the multitude of magnificent stories of the interactions between and among this biodiverse ecosystem. The monarch butterfly is certainly one of the featured creatures, but as the month unfolds, you will soon discover through activities, lesson plans, videos, book links, and creative resources, much more about why our meadows need to be maintained and preserved.
How often do you see monarch butterflies when you walk outside? Unfortunately, monarch butterflies are in decline all over the world. Many factors contribute to the decline of monarch populations, including severe weather events, climate change, pesticides, and habitat loss. However, there are ways that we, as citizen scientists, can help monarch populations bounce back. One way is by providing safe havens for these beautiful creatures and creating healthy habitats for the dwindling population. This resource discusses ways that people can help monarch butteries and caterpillars through creating healthy habitats where they can thrive.