Monarch butterflies are indeed one of the majestic creatures in nature. Even their name accounts for their grace and elegance. However, their royal title didn’t help them much with temperature change and the extinction danger they are facing. Environmentalists ask for help in the name of the fragile insects.
Officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are aware of the situation of monarch butterflies. They know that one of the most important areas for the insects is Ohio. Butterflies are pollinators, and they need flowers to survive. So officials ask for people’s help to collect milkweed seeds, which are among the butterflies’ favorites.
The more seeds, the more flowers, and the monarchs will have increased chances of survival. They hatch in Ohio, and then they head North. When the cold season approaches, they set off to southern areas, such as Mexico, passing through Ohio again.
People in Ohio who want to help environmentalist save the monarch butterflies are asked to collect milkweed seeds this autumn. The indicated period includes September and October. Specialists advise people that the seeds should be harvested when the flowers fade and have a brown color. The seeds shouldn’t be stored in plastic bags because they will be damaged, so you should try to find proper vessels, like boxes or paper bags. Then you can deliver your contribution to local authorities, who will pass the seeds further.
Officials intend to spread the seeds so that new fields of milkweed could grow for the monarchs. People are also encouraged to plant flowers in their gardens so that they could attract not only monarch butterflies but other pollinators as well.
Environmentalists thought of other ways of preserving the monarchs too. They intend to plant more pine and fir trees in Mexico, where the butterflies usually spend winter and spring. The population of pine and fir trees was severely damaged in the Mexican woods because of the cold spring months.
The monarch butterflies were on the verge of extinction before, in recent years. It was the animal protection programs the that saved them in the past too. Now officials give any person the opportunity to be a part of their rescue mission. The requirements are not hard to meet: you only have to collect a handful of milkweed seeds or to plant a flower outside your house. You will be rewarded with a colorful view, and you will have the satisfaction of helping the natural environment.
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