Audubon is about birds, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at butterflies! If you have been wondering how Monarch Butterflies are doing, we have good news and bad news.
First the good news: Monarch recovery efforts both in the US and in Mexico seem to be helping. Concentrated efforts to provide host plants (native milkweeds) for Monarchs may be a cause; it looks as though Monarch populations grew since the all-time low in 2013.
The bad news is that a terrible storm hit the Monarch Butterfly wintering grounds in Mexico late in the season, before the Monarchs had a chance to head north. We don’t know the exact effect, but it’s likely not good.
But there’s more good news: Monarch Butterflies have been sighted in Ohio already. Check out this map of sightings showing their progress northward. And please be sure to plant native milkweeds (not imported Asian ones) in your garden – the Monarchs will thank you for it!