Pollinators, the Importance of the Declining Monarch Butterfly and What We Can Do
Southern New Hampshire University
Pollinators are a crucial part of Earth’s ecosystem and play a major role in the existence of life on this planet. In recent years, the Monarch butterfly population has taken a significant hit along with their host plant where they lay their eggs, milkweed. Another plant, the sacred fir, which is native to Mexico, has also been on the decline due to climate change. This recent decrease is due to many factors including extreme weather events, insecticides, pesticides, and habitat loss/fragmentation. Recent studies have pointed out that a protection zone around milkweed plants has been shown to alleviate the pressure presented by these chemicals which decrease egg laying efficiency. This study aims to highlight the importance of pollinators, increase monarch and milkweed populations by tracking and rearing them.