Op-EdMonarchs in need of protection

Butterfly expert Kenn Kaufman gave encouragement to gardeners. Through planting even tiny patches of native wildflowers for these beloved insects, he said, we can critically aid their survival.

So, did area gardeners who added milkweed plants from the Jonesborough arboretum to their plots last summer have a hand in securing a bit of improvement in the eastern monarch butterflies’ migration to southern wintering grounds?

After an all-time low in 2013-14 of just over 1½ acres of roosting trees being covered in their mountain reserve in central Mexico, this winter the hibernating monarchs covered 2¾ acres.  More...


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