Monarch butterflies

  • Location
    Hopkinton, Massachusetts
  • Status
  • Age Level
    11 to 13 Years

The Problem

Monarch butterflies are all facing declining numbers due to the loss of their natural habitats.

Our Plan

Monarchs need mikweed to survive 1.We will create a Monarch habitat. 2. We will plant milkweed and distribute pots to neighbors and interested parties to quickly start a monarch habitat in their own garden. Update : The plants arrived in April . We provided 2 plants to each person who participated. One to keep and one to give to anyone they wanted. This idea was well received .One neighbor sent pictures of the plant in her garden! Another said she liked that she liked the idea so much that she is going to use this as a gift idea !

Themes Addressed

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    Animal Welfare
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    Biodiversity Loss
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    Migratory species

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

I was interested in helping Monarch butterflies flourish. So I did research on ways to help . With help of this research - I decided which milkweed plants to buy. My mom helped with purchasing online using the roots and shoots debit card. The expense sheet is attached in Image 3. The plants will ship to my home in April . I plan to distribute this to 10 of my friends and neighbors. This will help spread the awareness . I have also created a flyer to hand out which gives information about taking care of these plants. I have included this as image 2. And hopefully the Monarchs will have enough food and a place to lay their eggs .

Through this project I/we learned:

I learnt about the milkweeds that are native to where I live - I will now continue to learn more and more about this topic and spread awareness. I learnt about planning, creating an expense sheet and a little bit about pamplet-making.

What I/we might change:

I could have done better time management. Only when I did the research I found that April would be the time that the plants would be shipped out. I am waiting for them to arrive and will distribute them . Besides it is just now getting closer to spring in the place I live.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

I liked how the pamphlet turned out! It would be very exciting if I or any of my friends spot a monarch catterpillar or butterfly on our milkweed plants.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

- There is a lot of research you have to do to get things right --for example what type of milkweed is native to your area . Some websites will tell you if that plant will grow in your area. - Look for local conservation organizations and resources such as to learn more about native plants. - My mom joined a few facebook groups ( for me) on monarch butterflies to get ideas.

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