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Did you know that Monarchs-002one 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.

Butterfly Websites
Butterfly Books

Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Farm carries two of these books. Visit our Store for more information.

Attracting Native Pollinators
The Xerces Society Guide

Butterfly Landscapes of New Mexico
Steven J. Cary

The Family Butterfly Book
Rick Mikula

Learn About Butterflies in the Garden
Brenda Dziedzic

Local Nurseries

These local nurseries have been good resources for butterfly nectar and host plants.
Plant World
Santa Ana Native Plant Nursery
Osuna Nursery
Plants of the Southwest
Jericho Nursery