Our Partnership for Monarch Butterflies
In January the Forest Preserve District joined The Conservation Foundation
, the River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club
, the Greater DuPage Wild Ones
and other organizations by becoming a partner with the DuPage Monarch Project
. Committed to increasing populations of these beautiful insects, the group works to spread the word about the plight of the monarch, distribute milkweed seeds to local gardens, and encourage municipalities to increase appropriate habitat.
The District has a long history of supporting monarchs and other native pollinators. For the past several years ecologists and volunteers have collected and spread seeds from several types of milkweeds (the sole food source for monarch caterpillars) throughout the forest preserves and helped grow plants vital to other types of butterflies. Last year the District distributed thousands of milkweed seeds to the public for private gardens, and this year we’re doing even more to create healthy populations of pollinators and to further its status as a regional leader in the conservation and protection of imperiled species.
Image © Glenn Perricone
A monarch nectars on butterfly weed at a DuPage forest preserve.