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Do you believe the flutter of a butterflys wings can change the world? Do you believe you can change the course of a rapidly declining resource? Do you believe your donation can successfully restore health to our environment? The majestic monarch butterfly is an amazing and crucial part of our ecosystem. You have the power to be a significant factor in restoring and reviving the rapidly declining population of these native pollinators with your supportive donation. Ninety percent of all plants need pollination to reproduce. An increase in construction, the widespread use of pesticides and changes in climate are contributing factors in the depletion of the common milkweed plant the common milkweed plant is essential for the butterfly to thrive. This plant is not only a source of food for these creatures, it provides toxins to them as a defense against predators, as well as a place for them to lay their eggs The magnificent monarch butterfly travels nearly 3000 miles on its migratory route; all along the way pollinating and spreading nectar to such a vast array of flowers,fruits, and vegetables. In this day in age where these fruits and vegetables are critical to our own health and well being, it seems imperative we commit to successfully rejuvenating the monarch population. The health of the butterfly is a direct reflection of the health of our environment We are challenging you to be the change! We need your help to protect and aid in the conservation of this beautiful and productive insect. Your help is needed to accomplish our mission; Our goal is to plant milkweed gardens all along the eastern migratory flyway; from mexico to canada and each state between. With each donation you will receive a pouch of milkweed seeds to plant in your area, as well as a pin on our map showing your name and the collective progress https://www.nj.gov/dep/docs/monarch-guide.pdf


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  • First, a little bit about biology and the annual life cycle

    The monarch’s annual lifecycle is a really marvelous and multifaceted journey – it can be thought of as a multigenerational relay race.

    Monarch butterflies, just like other lepidopterans, metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. The big thing that sets them apart is the migration they make annually. (Although there are many other species of moths and butterflies, and other insects as well that migrate – the monarch is arguably the most well recognized example http://texasento.net/migration.htm).

    Temporal cues and an innate determination drive these ambitions fliers to travel as far north as the Canadian border. In the search for milkweed and favorable temperatures – possibly to avoid disease pressures – monarchs fly north to reproduce and recolonize across North America each year.

    They leave overwintering grounds in Mexico in early spring. Along their route the monarchs will mate and reproduce. Their lives are lived within a short couple weeks, and their offspring will continue the migration northwards in search of food and milkweed.

    When the seasons shift in late summer and early fall, the last generation of monarchs will begin a southbound journey, instinctively traveling to wintering sites in Mexico (there are a few populations that overwinter in California and Florida – but the large majority are thought to return to Mexico). This generation will be responsible for making the longest trek of the migration to wintering grounds. These monarchs enter reproductive diapause – the state where the body will temporarily pause reproduction – until the following spring. These monarchs will spend the winter roosting in trees in Mexico until spring when they will take up the first leg of the relay north.

    This last generation from the previous year now makes up the first generation of the present year – and will pass the baton on to their offspring as the cycle starts anew.

    Monarchs are traveling across New Jersey May through October. There are plenty of simple ways you can help protect this iconic species.

    • Plant native species of flowering plants – monarchs and other insects (like bees) rely on a healthy diversity of nectar sources. Planting a wildflower garden is a quaint, ecological-friendly way to create habitat, and not to mention, make less work watering and money spent purchasing plants. Check out the Native Plant Society or Jersey Friendly Yards to get started. http://npsnj.org/ http://www.jerseyyards.org/
    • Share this article, talk about environmental issues, and get informed. Show your support and share your concern for the wellbeing of this (and other) species!
    • Rear monarchs. At home or in classrooms, rearing wild monarchs and releasing them is a rewarding and educational way to contribute.
    • Participate in tagging and monitoring projects. Monitoring and tagging projects take place in the summer and fall for New Jersey Monarchs. You can also contribute simply by reporting your sightings on these websites.
    • United States Habitat Creation Project.  You can help by being a sponsor or by creating habitat yourself and here’s how:     
      • Make a donation to help us get the word out

     

      • Build your own butterfly sanctuary or support the efforts of someone else or support the effort to maintain an informative blog website with photos and success stories. Of course, you can do all three and be a monarch super hero

     

      • You could make a donation to help us create a United States pin map showing every location of new habitat creation with a blog  website to show the accomplishments

     

    Your donation will help set wheels in motion for establishing a co-operative effort to prevent the extinction of this most amazing creature.

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Do you believe the flutter of a butterflys wings can change the world?
Do you believe you can change the course of a rapidly declining resource?
Do you believe your donation can successfully restore health to our environment?  

The majestic monarch butterfly is an amazing and crucial part of our ecosystem. You have the power to be a significant factor in restoring and reviving the rapidly declining population of these native pollinators with your supportive donation.

 Ninety percent of all plants need pollination to reproduce.
 An increase in construction, the widespread use of pesticides and changes in climate are contributing factors in the depletion of the common milkweed plant
the common milkweed plant is essential for the butterfly to thrive. This plant is not only a source of food for these creatures, it provides toxins to them as a defense against predators, as well as a place for them to lay their eggs
The magnificent monarch butterfly travels nearly 3000 miles on its migratory route; all along the way pollinating and spreading nectar to such a vast array of flowers,fruits, and vegetables. In this day in age where these fruits and vegetables are critical to our own health and well being, it seems imperative we commit to successfully rejuvenating the monarch population. The health of the butterfly is a direct reflection of the health of our environment We are challenging you to be the change! We need your help to protect and aid in the conservation of this beautiful and productive insect. 

 Your help is needed to accomplish our mission; Our goal is to plant milkweed gardens all along the eastern migratory flyway; from mexico to canada and each state between.
With each donation you will receive a pouch of milkweed seeds to plant in your area, as well as a pin on our map showing your name and the collective progress 

https://www.nj.gov/dep/docs/monarch-guide.pdf



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