I am Christopher Singer, the founder of Live Monarch. Thank you for your visit. We truly appreciate your efforts to help native creatures, especially the Monarch butterfly!
Our Mission: To keep our skies filled with Nature's color.
Ten levels of commitment you can achieve to help the Monarch Butterfly, have fun and improve the beauty, enjoyment and balance of our environment.
Please use this list as a guide for your efforts. Each lower level may require a bit more effort and will bring greater results.
1. Read the entire
LiveMonarch.com website....and watch the videos too!
2. Send emails or speak to at least 10 people you know, tell them why butterflies need their help and direct them to the Live Monarch Foundation site.
3. Start a butterfly garden in your yard or neighborhood. Free Milkweed Seeds
4. Make a donation and get seeds for friends, family and new acquaintances and get them involved in your campaign. (Everyone loves Butterflies! Help them to help.)
5. Print and display our posters in your local area (School, Library, Place of worship, Store or Local business). POSTERS TO PRINT
6. Actively protect young caterpillars on your plants or participate in custodial breeding of butterflies attracted to your new garden / Butterfly preserve.
7. Conduct a fundraiser to collect money to purchase; seed packs to give away, plants to create Butterfly preserves, Eggs Caterpillars Adult Butterflies to boost your local populations and establish new colonies in your area. (Garage sale, Bake sale, Walk at thon, Community cleanup every dollar goes a long way!) Help Us- Donations Get a small group or your community involved in a great project. Remember you are raising money for your own butterfly garden we need you to succeed locally.
8. Contact local media and tell them about the Live Monarch Foundation and your efforts to create awareness and inspire others to act by your example. (With school projects or community efforts one call is usually all it takes to get your picture in the paper!) Press information
9. Join our worldwide map and add your accomplishments to help inspire others. Map Link
10. Think of new ways to spread the word about the Live Monarch Foundation and let us know about your results to inspire others into taking action and responsibility for our environment.
If you live near us (Blairsville GA) and want to help out at the farm or at one of our events or If you are out of the area and need more information or help starting a project call us at 877 722-8624 we are happy to help! Contact US
You could even send this story to someone:
A true story about an amazing butterfly named Manny.
It was a brisk bright morning when Manny the Monarch first broke through his chrysalis and entered this world as a butterfly. Manny like many of his brothers and sisters who had emerged from their clear cases the morning before, took several minutes to crawl out and pump up his still tiny wings. As he hung beneath the empty chrysalis he looked around at the familiar world but he was now very different. I know, I was there protecting him from harm. I raise Monarch butterflies.
During his life as a caterpillar Manny had a voracious appetite for all that was familiar in his little world of the milkweed plant on which he fed, and fed he did...growing 2800 times his original size in just 18 days. The drive to wander off as a mature caterpillar and find a quiet place to change into something new was overwhelming and took him high above the garden to a twig where he suddenly stopped. Motionless, he watched us below tending to our plants and other caterpillars. A full day passed and without warning he shed his familiar white, yellow and blacked striped skin and became a jade green, gold rimmed jewel hanging from a silk pad. Eight days passed. The time spent locked inside this jewel would magically transform Manny from the crawling caterpillar into a majestic butterfly intent on traveling and finding a suitable mate to continue his life cycle.
Finally he was free of his chrysalis. His large brightly colored wings soon dried... off into the air he flew, no more a creature of the ground. He repeatedly landed on our shoulders and seemed to watch our work with much interest. Manny was special, not just larger than most of his siblings but very curious and he followed us until dusk, then he found a perch and rested.
Morning came and again Manny was fluttering around us as we planted our previously collected milkweed seed. As we worked something unexpected happened, some of the silk tufted seeds were carried into the sky by the wind. Manny instantly flew in their direction, caught one bunch and landed on the place we were planting. I was stunned. Could he actually understand what we were doing? Could he be helping? We have had many Monarchs that knew to fly to us so we would feed them nectar and even had one amazing Monarch that repeatedly walked to find me after losing part of its wings so I could restore his flight, 3 times! But never could we imagine a butterfly that understood the importance of planting seeds that would soon feed its young. Manny gathered 3 separate bunches of seeds from the air then joined the other Monarchs as they chased each other around our citrus trees and then he was gone.
I do not know if Manny was some sort of sign after the terrible tragedy in Mexico during January 2002 where 80% of all the Monarchs froze to death (280 Million) but we planted extra Milkweed and butterfly plants in our yard this year, some 300 plants! We found a wonderful web site www.LiveMonarch.org, which gives away free butterfly garden seeds and has excellent information on helping butterflies. Please plant some seeds and share this true story with as many people as you can. Together we can make sure butterflies like Miracle Manny and millions of others are around to visit you in your gardens.
Christopher in South Florida