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Milkweed for Monarchs

In the late Fall, meadows in New England are bursting with milkweed pods, which furnish monarch caterpillars with the only food they will eat. A huge effort is underway to plant more milkweed to stop the recent decline in the monarch population.

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milkweed spiritmonarch eatingMonarh Butterfly on Milkweed Plant

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. I wrote this a while ago, but am taking the liberty to include a link for your possible review.
    Best,
    Tanja
    http://tanjabrittonwriter.com/2017/03/29/milkweed-and-monarchs/

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    1. Wonderful article! Some of my best memories of teaching first grade for 20+ years centered around hatching monarchs in my classroom, and releasing them into my school ‘s organic garden How sad l was during the couple of years we couldn’t find eggs and caterpillars in our area. So glad they are coming back.😊

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      1. That’s great! I am sure the experience left a lasting impression on your students.

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