the first of November 2013, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called
the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch
butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of
central Mexico on that day. They are believed to be souls of the dead,
This year, for or the first time in memory, the monarch butterflies
didn’t come, at least not on the Day of the Dead. They began to
straggle in a week later than usual, in record-low numbers. Last year’s
low of 60 million now seems great compared with the fewer than three
million that have shown up so far this year. Some experts fear that the
spectacular migration could be near collapse.
The number of monarch butterflies
has steadily dropped around 80 percent or more by some estimates in the
past 15 years, barely recovering from the lowest plummet in 2009 to
2014. The good news is that home gardeners can help offset the threat
simply by planting milkweed or building waystations to offset the loss
of milkweed habitats.
To help support and sustain wildlife habitat for the Monarch Butterfly
and to support our programs locally, we will be giving away free
milkweed seed. Starting in 2015 we will also be including
free Mexican Sunflower seeds with each request.
2014 was a better year by comparison to previous years and I owe a lot
of our success to the Mexican Sunflower. It, without a doubt, played a
huge roll in attracting monarch butterflies.
you would like to include a donation with your free seed request please
make any checks out to (Tim Tanguay) and
not (Monarch Conservation) as we are not a
business or non profit organization. Thanks to those who helped by
making small donations, it is appreciated.
you would like to receive your
free seeds please follow the instructions below.
Send a self address, STAMPED envelope for FREE seeds to: Monarch Conservation / seeds
2037 Pollack Ave
Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting,
small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.
And everyone deserves a little sunshine.