Twin forces of human-caused climate change and habitat loss are threatening North American monarch butterflies with extinction. By some estimates, population numbers have decreased by more than 80% over the past 20 years. But, it’s not too late to save them, if we make the effort.
Monarchs migrate through Colorado on their epic 3,000-mile, multi-year, migration from Mexico to Canada, and back again. While here, these insects need milkweed, which is the only plant capable of hosting developing caterpillars. From public land managers to home gardeners we can all take part in creating a monarch migration corridor by planting and maintaining pollinator gardens that include milkweed.