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Focus on Monarchs

Working Lands for Monarch ButterfliesThe monarch is one of the most familiar butterflies in North America, known for its annual, multigenerational migration from overwintering sites in central Mexico and coastal California to as far north as Canada. Populations of the black-and-orange butterfly have decreased significantly over the past two decades, in part because of the decrease in native plants like milkweed – the sole source of food for monarch caterpillars.

Because monarch butterflies are always on the move, they need to have the right plants in bloom, at the right time, along their migration route. NRCS has a list of plants that are known to be used by monarch butterflies.

Endangered Monarch ButterflyAssistance Available

America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are voluntarily combating the decline of monarchs by adding and maintaining for high-quality monarch habitat on their land. Through the Farm Bill, NRCS provides assistance to agricultural producers to help make conservation improvements that benefit the monarch while also increasing the productivity and resiliency on working lands.

NRCS conservationists and wildlife biologists provide producers with technical assistance to develop a conservation plan as well as select which conservation practices are the best fit for their land. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program & Conservation Stewardship Program can provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of implementing those practices.

More Information

The Monarch Highway - 2017 pollinator poster


Mario Rodríguez, State Resource Conservationist, 787-766-5065 or 787-980-6516

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