Over the years the Monarch Watch project has adapted as it has tried to meet some of the challenges of monarch butterfly conservation while still promoting monarch research. It seems that monarch winter and summer habitat’s are changing even faster than our new knowledge of this fascinating organism. Early on work done by Monarch Watch researchers and volunteers indicated that the corn belt was essential as summer habitat for the monarch. Soon after that, genetically engineered corn and soybeans appeared on the market placing this habitat at risk from a monarch’s viewpoint. Partially in response to this threat the Monarch Watch began a program really well suited for schools–The Monarch Waystation. These are butterfly gardens specifically designed for monarch reproduction to help replace lost summer habitat. You and your school can help and at the same time provide a superior learning environment.
New starter kits are available now…check it out at the Monarch Watch Blog.