Making a Difference
We assemble monarch habitats that are on display at key locations throughout the community, including libraries and community centers. The habitats contain monarch caterpillars and show their transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Due to habitat loss, increased use of pesticides and climate changes, the monarch population has seen a decline of up to 90%. One way to help the monarchs is to restore their habitat by engaging communities in recovery efforts and empowering people to grow native plants like milkweed and nectar plants. The good news is that creating habitat for monarchs also benefits many other important pollinator species by providing nectar and host plants.
By offering ways to experience the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, we hope to encourage others in our community to join the Hinsdale Monarch Project in promoting awareness and supporting the restoration of natural habitats. Even small efforts like backyard pollinator gardens help make a difference!