From the desk of: Veronica
You know those days when you stumble across something and just think, This is SUCH a good thing! I love that. Today was one of those days.
I discovered the Live Monarch Foundation, and I am so excited.
I love butterflies, especially Monarchs (not to be biased — sorry, other butterflies!), and unfortunately, if things continue the way they are, we could lose the Monarch migration in our lifetime. The Live Monarch Foundation wants to change that, and one of their main initiatives is to educate people about the importance of growing a Monarch’s main source of food — milkweed — and get milkweed growing in EVERY YARD.
In order to see this happen, if you send $1 (yes, just ONE DOLLAR!) in a self-addressed stamped envelope, they will send you 50+ seeds to plant! They offer three varieties of milkweed (seen below):
For every dollar you send, you will get 50+ seeds, but if you can afford to give more, amazing gifts start at the $30 giving range, including:
- Special variety seed packs for a complete butterfly garden
- Mature living plants
- Living Monarch caterpillars and rearing kits
- T-shirts and butterfly kites
- Live adult Monarchs ready to fly free at your next special event
In addition, you can find resources on the life cycle of a Monarch, a butterfly drawing contest for kids with prizes in every age group, and advanced caterpillar and butterfly care information.
This was just one of those finds that I immediately wanted to share with the world. Whether you like butterflies and plan to send them a dollar or are a teacher who could make a lesson plan from this to share with an entire class, this is information worth having.
If you plan on planting some milkweed like I do, enjoy your butterfly-filled spring and summer!