Creating your own Monarch Butterfly rest stop — a common milkweed and nectar plant-filled garden that is free of pesticides and herbicides — can help make a huge impact on the rapid decline of Monarch butterfly populations by providing a safe haven for Monarchs to feed, rest, or lay their eggs. From National Geographic, learn how we can each contribute to battling the iconic Monarch’s widespread habitat loss.

“I might just plant my one Monarch waystation, which is just a raindrop, but then if my neighbor sees it, and then another neighbor sees it, and then we start to grow them, then it becomes something significant.”

Visit your local plant nurseries and ask for common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). If they don’t have it, order from Local Harvest, the Seattle Seed Co, these seed suppliers, or Amazon. Bonus idea: give away Milkweed seeds as party favors at your next birthday party.

Related watching: The Magnificent Monarchs, Wonders of Life: Monarch Butterflies, and The Hidden Beauty of Pollination.

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