Did you know that one out of every three bites (or 75%) of the food we eat has been pollinated by an insect? Butterflies are on the decline. The Monarch butterfly population has declined drastically in the last few years. It is due in part to habitat destruction as well as insecticide use in our food crops. To learn more about the plight of the Monarch butterflies, check out the Texas Butterfly Ranch. You can subscribe to their newsletter and learn more.
Another fabulous resource is Monarch Watch. Monarch Watch is an educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas that engages citizen scientists in large-scale research projects. We have partnered with them to create a Monarch Butterfly Waystation, which helps give the butterflies food as they journey south in the fall each year to Mexico.
We have also partnered with Southwest Monarch Study to tag Monarch butterflies each fall. Southwest Monarch Study is researching the migration patterns of monarch butterflies in Arizona and the Western United States. By tagging the Monarch butterflies, we are helping with that research in New Mexico.