NJDEP Guide: How to Help Monarch Butterflies RecoverPosted on July 27, 2017
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has published a monarch butterfly conservation guide to educate the public about the insect’s significant population decline and what steps can be take to expand its presence in New Jersey.
The familiar orange and black Monarch butterflies are a recognizable indicator of the health of a wide range of insects that have essential functions in pollinating plants, very important to New Jersey’s ecology and environment.
Factors such as habitat loss in the U.S. and Mexico, including loss of plants on which to feed, have contributed to a 90 percent decline in the eastern U.S. population of migrating monarchs during the past 20 years. The monarch caterpillar feeds on only one type of plant – milkweeds. But there are steps that everyone from students to farmers to business owners can take to hep them thrive again, which NJDEP wants the public to know.
See links below for a brief fact sheet and a more comprehensive Monarch Butterfly conservation guide from NJDEP: