A Monarch's View of Kansas City
Many people have become involved in a project to conserve monarch butterflies. Are you one of them? Or might you have a broader connection to monarchs — as a land owner or manager, a commercial or private gardener, as a scientist, or simply as an interested citizen? We want to hear from you!
The iconic monarch butterfly and other pollinators are in trouble. Monarch butterfly habitat — including milkweed host plants and nectar food sources — has declined drastically throughout most of the United States. Population levels have also exhibited a long-term downward trend, suggesting that loss of habitat is a major factor in monarch declines. Fortunately, many people are taking action to reverse this decline.
Heartland Conservation Alliance is partnering with The Field Museum, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to answer some key questions about how best to conserve monarchs in urban areas along the monarch's central flyway that connects its over-wintering sites in central Mexico to the landscapes of the Midwest. Specifically we are interested in:
How much can urban areas contribute to overall monarch conservation efforts?
Within urban areas, where are the best places to create monarch habitat and what are the best ways to do it given the city’s diversity of people and places?
What are the other benefits of creating monarch habitat in cities? (think beautification, cleaner air and water)
Monarchs at James A. Reed. Photo by Alex Harris