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More than Monarchs

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Why monarchs? While monarchs are intrinsically important, conserving monarchs matters for more than just their own protection.

Creating habitat for monarchs is one of the most important actions we can take to help stabilize their numbers. From sprawling prairies to backyard gardens, projects scattered across the landscape provide a network of crucial habitat for monarchs. Fortunately, the habitat that monarchs use provides benefits to other species, including humans!

We’re exploring the ways that monarch habitat and conservation helps people, other wildlife and the environment in our More than Monarchs' blog series, a collaborative effort by the Monarch Joint Venture Communications Working Group and the NAPPC Monarch Taskforce.

You can view some of these stories below, or see the full list on our blog. We'll be adding more stories and have lots of other great content coming out on our blog regularly. 

Wildlife Conservation

Creating habitat is one of the most important actions you can take to help the monarch butterfly. From backyard gardens to sprawling grasslands scattered across the country, these areas provide a network of crucial habitat for monarchs. Fortunately, the habitats that monarchs use also provide substantial benefits to other wildlife species. Read more.

Water Quality

You may be asking yourself, how can monarch conservation help improve water quality? We'll dive deep into the ripple effects of monarch habitat on our watersheds in this "More than Monarchs" article! Read more.

Climate Change

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) in our atmosphere acts like a blanket, warming the Earth. Both monarchs and humans are vulnerable to the effects of the changing climate. Did you know that monarch habitat helps reduce CO2? Read more.

The Untold Story of Milkweed

Milkweeds and the landscapes in which they thrive are a necessity for monarchs to flourish throughout their migration routes. Did you know that milkweed is also incredibly useful and was actually an unsung hero of World War II? Read more.

Conservation Education

Monarchs are fantastic subjects both to study and to engage others in conservation. They are an extremely charismatic organism and nearly everyone has something to share about monarchs. Read more.

Restoring Ecosystems

Monarch conservation reconnects organisms that share their habitat. When we create monarch habitat that includes both milkweed and native nectar sources, there is a positive effect on the larger food chain. Read more.

Strength in Partnerships

There is a role for everyone in monarch conservation, and authentic partnerships will help us to realize a vision for “all hands on deck” to help the monarch butterfly and everything that it stands for.Read more.