Monarch Migration Mission

  • Location
    Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

Our School\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Green Club is trying to increase the wildlife in our suburban area. We have planted a Native Wildlife Garden to provide food and shelter to birds, bees and other pollinators. Last year we planted one milkweed to try to attract Monarch butterflies. This year we had a dozen milkweeds grow and saw over 30 Monarch caterpillars and more than 20 Monarch butterflies. We would like to start a project to plant a garden just for the Monarchs by transplanting the milkweed to another, larger area and to add more wildflowers for food for the butterflies. In this way, we would like to help increase the number of Monarch butterflies in our area as well as those that can migrate to Mexico over the winter.

Our Plan

We would like to plant a garden for the Monarch Butterflies. We have gotten permission to use a sunny hillside next to our school parking lot and will transplant as many of our milkweed as possible. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants so their larvae can eat them. These are the only plants that Monarch caterpillars can eat. We will also buy and plant wildflowers in the same area that Monarch Butterflies use for food in the hopes of attracting more and of encouraging the Monarchs to return to our garden every year.

Themes Addressed

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    Biodiversity Loss
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    Migratory species
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The Benefit

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