The beautiful monarch butterfly, with its bright orange wings and distinctive black markings are shrinking in population.
The two main culprits: pesticide use in and disturbances in their hibernation grounds.
But you can do something simple to help: Plant milkweeds, the monarch’s primary food source. A New York science class is even offering to provide you the milkweed seeds. Their letter is shared below.
To: Girl Scout Troops in Monarch territory
From: Mrs. Dougherty’s and Mrs. Siper’s Science Classes
Re: Growing milkweed plants to help save the Monarch butterflies
We are writing to you from Middletown, New York because our students have become very concerned about the fact that the Monarch butterflies won’t have enough food for their migration to Mexico. Our classes raised Monarchs last year. We learned a lot about these wonderful creatures. Everyone loved sending them on their way to Mexico. However, we were very upset to read that their only food source is disappearing.
Please let us know if you would be able to help us help the Monarchs. We would like to send you milkweed seeds to grow in cups, and put in fields, so they can survive their migration south. It would be wonderful if lots of girls would be able to help out. We know you would be able to make a big difference in this year’s migration.
All you have to do to receive the seeds is email Mrs. Dougherty @ firstname.lastname@example.org . We will send you a packet of two dozen seeds (or more if you like), instructions for planting them, a postcard to send back telling us about how it went and a great big thank you from us and the Monarchs.
Matt, Brandon, Katie, Victor, Robbie, Mike, Fred, Anthony, Raphael, Keashawn, James, Freddy, Savannah, Josh, Keven and Gabe