It probably comes as no surprise that many pollinators, especially bees and butterflies, are in danger due to pesticide use in agriculture, and habitat destruction and degradation. Monarch butterflies are among them. In some places the numbers have dropped by more than 80% of historical averages.
Understanding the problem is the first step to solving the problem. So, conservationists are working gather more data about the habitats that monarchs use during migration. One way they are doing this is by attaching tiny tracking devices to butterflies. Yes, you read right. These devices weigh less than a chicken feather, and, according to biologists, do not affect the flight and movement of the butterfly. Then, using an antenna and radio receiver, the butterfly can be tracked both on the ground or from an airplane. The information gathered about the monarch’s multi-generational migration not only brings awareness to the public, but can also be used to guide policy about conservation
In the meantime as spring approaches, plant a pollinator garden! Do some research to find out what kind of pollinators are in your area. Then research the types of flowers they are attracted to. Plan a garden that will bloom spring, summer, and fall then watch who visits!