Pollinators in Peril Project helps sustain monarch butterfly populations

More than 83,370 community scientists, including middle and high school students and young farmers, are helping sustain the monarch butterfly population through the Pollinators in Peril Project thoughthe University of GeorgiaAgricultural Experiment Station. The project has aggregated 312,081 observations of 93 species of monarchs and native milkweed. Phase one was to enlist agricultural education program partners for producing and distributing native milkweed plants. Phase two developed and refined lesson plans and instructional materials for distribution. Train-the-trainer workshops equipped teachers with the resources necessary to develop local monarch butterfly habitats. More than 60 schools in Georgia received native milkweed seeds for planting. The Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Foundation partnered with a local school to provide more pollinator plants, and the school has a garden built on the idea of pollinator protection, particularly the monarch butterfly. A local distillery provided barrels for planting, and a local lumberyard donated lumber for raised beds. The school used funds from a honey production project to invest in other plants that will host the butterflies spring through fall. The project also utilized the iNaturalist program to provide teachers and citizen scientists with data on the location and size of monarch populations in the continental United States.Link to full statement on website: https://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu/impacts/show/5559