The grandparents of the monarch butterflies you will see this summer are starting their migration north this month!
Did you know monarch butterfly reproduction is dependent upon plants from the milkweed family? These are the ONLY plants monarch caterpillars will eat. Western monarch populations have declined by approximately 99% over the last 40 years, in part due to their finicky eating habits.
You can help by planting milkweed plants. Even one in a pot on an apartment balcony can help! See this link for ideas and resources on planting a pollinator trail or garden: https://gf.nd.gov/pollinators/gardens
And click on the map below for the full article about monarch migration on the ND Game & Fish site.
It is still a wee bit chilly here in North Dakota. But spring is coming, and monarch butterflies are just beginning their annual migration from their overwintering grounds in Mexico's oyamel fir forests to North Dakota and beyond. This migration will encompass 3 countries and 5 generations of monarchs. Learn more about this amazing butterfly at https://gf.nd.gov/pollinators/monarchs.