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I have several neighbors who are working to establish suburban habitats that are friendly to monarchs. Some are pretty elaborate, while others are modest (like planting a patch of milkweed for them).
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There’s milkweed mania around here. I tried growing it from seed but that didn’t work.
I just added some milkweed to our garden. I visited a native plants greenhouse on Aamjiwnaang First Nation and they gave each participant in our workshop a milkweed plant to bring home. There are two varieties native to my area. One grows better in clay (that’s the one I got) and the other in sandy soil.
Point Pelee (about 30 minutes from me) is the resting spot for Monarchs before they cross Lake Erie in the fall migration. If you are lucky enough to be there when weather conditions are right and they are forced to roost before setting out, it’s quite a spectacular site. https://paulroeddingphotograph...-tip-of-point-pelee/
I have a few milkweeds growing around my yard and garden. I'm careful not to destroy them and there are a few more each year. I hope they are helping the Monarchs.
Dol, I noticed that the web page you posted was from 2018. Do you know how the population was doing during last year's migration?
I grew up surrounded by acres and acres of fallow former farmland. The milkweed was everywhere, as were the Monarchs. It was a treasure I miss to this day.
I am not sure. I do know that there were great migration days in the fall with thousands of monarchs spotted but I don’t know how that compares to past years. I do know that our numbers depend greatly on how many begin the journey North from Mexico. A couple years ago there was a cold snap in Texas in the spring and that caused a huge decrease in our numbers here.
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