The monarch butterfly is in trouble. Their numbers are down 90% 1992. And the milkweed plant population, which is indispensable to the monarch, is also down 90%.
Milkweed plants are the only source of food for the monarch caterpillar. But these plants are rapidly disappearing, due to the loss of habitat stemming from land development and the widespread spraying of weed killer on the fields where they live. The West Orange Environmental Commission shares some tips from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on how strategic gardening can help save the Monarch Butterfly.