COULD WE LOSE THE MONARCH MIGRATION IN OUR LIFETIME? YES
Monarchs need your help NOW! This year marks the lowest number of over wintering Monarchs in the Mexican mountains in the last 20 years...and we have only known about their over wintering sites for 20 years!. There are 94% fewer than at their recorded height and 59% less than there were last year. This is a crisis situation! In 1991, over 75% of the wintering Monarchs from North America froze to death in Mexico as a result of three days of rain and sub-freezing conditions. Their numbers showed some recovery but there is a nationwide shortage of milkweed. Freak weather patterns destroy habitat and kill millions of helpless Monarchs. But these natural events are not the only challenges that face the Monarch. Pesticide application and genetically modified crops cover important parts of the Monarch's migratory path and serve as killing fields for any Monarch that pass through these millions of acres of toxins and biological agents that kill them and their young. They are unintended casualties in a war to protect crops. Are our Monarchs worth our efforts to protect? Do we even know the total effects on our environment from the use of these agents? The Monarch habitat must be protected now to ensure their survival, before we see the day when this miracle of nature is only a memory. The Monarchs need your help NOW. Please plant seeds and ensure their survival. A Milkweed in every yard!
You have the power to instantly change the world !
Plant a seed today and change your backyard.
Educate yourself about the effects of your actions.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Plant an idea by sharing your knowledge.
Educate others and ask them to take responsibility for their actions.
Make the decision to think, act, and be responsible for yourself and all you impact.
Choose not to support ideas or actions that harm our environment.
You are an important part of any solution!
SEED UPDATE APRIL 2013 - Due to overwhelming demand by thousands of concerned individuals we will run out of northern milkweed seed for the first time in 10 years. If we are unable to find more we will continue to ship our southern milkweed varieties to fill your requests. If you have extra to share please contact us.
Please let everyone know about this site, about how to get milkweed seed, and why it is so important!
ADOPT an Online Butterfly for FREE! Highly recommended. You will learn all about the care of a Monarch from an egg to an adult butterfly. We will send you an email every few days with pictures of your butterfly in its different life stages. This is a very simple and FUN learning experience. Great for small children and adults too.
Would you like to save 45 days growing time and have butterflies in your garden right away? Then get some small milkweed plants. Prices include S&H. Just use our Pay Pal check out below, we include free seeds and full instructions too. All plant orders shipped by first class mail, weather permitting. We will hold all cold weather shipments. Use our Store Link to view and purchase other items too all sales benefit our mission.
Free Milkweed plants with every plant order placed this month!!!
Would you like to give seed packs to all your friends and family? Click here for our personalized seedpacks
Live Monarch will send 15+ Butterfly Garden seeds including Milkweed and growing instructions even if you can not afford $3 just mail us a self addressed stamped envelope. A save the Monarch contribution is greatly appreciated to help offset the cost of the many seeds we give away, personally plant and plants we provide to schools.
Attention Educators: We love the hundreds of letters we get from your first grade classes and other students! Keep the letters coming but please remember we have a big expense in seeds and staff time to stuff each of those separate envelopes. We suggest you put all the envelopes or letters into one package and send that to us. You can then donate that postage to the cause instead of wasting postage and many envelopes. This also helps us get the job done faster for everyone. Thank you.
Attention Press: We love the hundreds and sometimes thousands of letters we get from your readers and hope to be an ongoing part of your outreach to your audience. BUT please remember this is a contribution based seed program that relies on the many small purchases in self addressed stamped envelopes that come in to cover the cost to buy and collect seeds, print, pack, open, read, count, answer questions, stuff, seal and all too often include postage on all those requests. We encourage you to send your readers to our site and or this page and make sure they understand our offering is contribution based. We have funds to cover a small percentage of free seed requests but have unfortunately been inundated from time to time with thousands of free requests for materials that have bypassed our web site and are a significant drain on our small staff and limited resources. Trust us, your active audience will definitely contact you if their requests are not filled, please help us keep this program ongoing.
Butterfly Picture Contest: We appreciate the pictures, drawings and letters you send to us and would like to display them on our site. To encourage more artistic creations, we are offering a reward for the best in each age range. Just send in your drawings or butterfly crafts, and you will be entered in our Caterpillar Kit Giveaway. Click here to see some of our thousands of letters and get more information on the contest. Anyone can enter!
Can you afford to do more? Our mission to assist the Monarch butterfly and native animals covers all of North America. Your contributions assist the Live Monarch Foundation to send out many thousands of these Free Seed Packs and Educational materials to children across this continent. It also affords us the opportunity to give back directly to your community in a self-renewing and sustainable way. Any donation over $30 will be eligible to receive a special Monarch thank you gift. At different levels of sponsorship, we can offer the following items or sizable discounts from our online partners and fellow butterfly breeders:
Community involvement: Monarchs are a miracle everyone should enjoy. We have created a wonderful opportunity for your household, neighborhood, school, place of worship, business, community and even state to make a difference today and ensure the future of our Monarch tomorrow. All it takes is your involvement. The Live Monarch Foundation charter enables them to directly compensate you for your efforts to collect funds. A full 20% of whatever funds you or your group collects can go directly to you and your community. You will directly impact your local area with the creation of natural butterfly preserves through the placement of suitable plants and specially bred caterpillars and butterflies which will continue their life cycle in your preserve as it is established. Imagine what it would be like for you to personally act to bring butterflies back to your community and create a self-sustaining resource for the enjoyment and enrichment of so many in your area. Please click here for examples of programs in action.