Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program Update

Aug 19, 2019
After launching our Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program in April, we have been hard at work protecting and restoring essential habitat for this beautiful and delicate creature.

 

In April, we announced the start of our Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program. This program is a way for the Land Trust to collaborate with local and regional partners to protect and restore essential habitat for the Western monarch, whose population numbers have reached record lows.

We have been hard at work helping monarch butterflies this spring and summer! We are happy to share:

Monarchs after emerging from their chrysalides. Photo: Land Trust.
Monarchs after emerging from their chrysalides. Photo: Land Trust.

  • The Land Trust participated in the International Monarch Blitz. The Blitz invites people across Canada, the United States, and Mexico to monitor and record sightings of milkweed plants and all stages of the monarch life cycle. This helps researchers identify priority areas for monarch conservation actions.
  • We have distributed over 60,000 milkweed seeds and 1,500 Butterfly Brigade stickers to the general public.
  • Stewardship staff has been monitoring previously planted milkweed at Land Trust protected lands for monarch eggs. So far, none have been observed.
  • We reared, tagged, and released 5 monarch butterflies. Four were released at an event in Bend, while one was released at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve in the stream restoration area.
  • A volunteer helps create milkweed seed packets. Photo: Land Trust.
    A volunteer helps create milkweed seed packets. Photo: Land Trust.
    Upper Deschutes Watershed Council staff observed a “wild” (not reared) monarch at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve in early August (before we released the reared monarch).
  • We are working with Bend Parks and Recreation District, the Old Mill District, and COCC to plant hundreds of milkweed plants on their properties this fall.
  • We are planning to plant around 600 milkweed plants (a mix of showy and narrowleaf) on Land Trust Preserves this fall.


Thank you to all of our supporters who have planted milkweed, cared for milkweed on our lands, spread the word with Butterfly Brigade stickers, and otherwise furthered our efforts to conserve the monarch butterfly!

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