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Today kicks off National Pollinator Week!

June 19, 2017 | pollinator / organic gardening

Today, June 19, kicks off National Pollinator Week—a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them! Throughout the week we will be offering articles and ideas to protect pollinators every day! First off, for those living in the eastern United States and planting summer gardens, check out the Monarch Fueling Planting Guides provided by the Pollinator Partnership, which will help you plant flowers that bloom when monarchs will be passing through your area so you can fuel their migration.  

The monarch migration occurs twice every year, a journey north to breeding ground and a journey south to overwinter.

The 4,000 round trip journey is in danger due to loss of habitat. When monarchs are migrating they need to rest and refuel by collecting/eating nectar from blooming plants. If there are not any blooming plants available when the monarchs stops, they will not have any energy to continue the journey and never reach their destination. Click on your area below to get a list of plants that will help support the monarch migration by providing them with the fuel they need for their journey. Remember that monarch eggs rely on milkweeds, so make sure you include them in your planting too!

Click here to check out the map. 

 

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