Welcome to The Monarch Crusader!

If you’re here, you’re probably a nature lover, like me.  Or maybe you want to convince someone else to be one.  This is a great place to start.

The purpose of this site is to educate, and to promote conservation.  The information you need will be listed on my Resource page.  When the Junior Crusader pages are complete, you will have a roadmap of activities to help save the monarch, together with levels of achievement and rewards.

Raising monarch butterflies is an excellent Introduction to Nature  project for families, classrooms and youth groups.  It starts with a hunt for caterpillars, and ends with the release of a miracle less than a month later.  All sorts of discoveries abound along the way, while happy memories of friends and family expeditions are created.

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The Monarch Butterfly Crusader

Every day I scour dozens of news articles, blogs, discussion lists, facebook pages and groups and websites to bring you the best up to date information on what is happening in the monarch world. You receive only the smallest fraction of my posts, so please drop by and scroll. When you like, comment, or share, facebook sends the post to more people. This is the best way to get the most number of people inspired to conserve the monarch, and the rest of the ecosystem.
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
The driver behind this project is
Monika Hall-Camilletti. This is her story. She is making a big difference in her area.
"A neighborhood in Novi, Michigan is trading 1000 square feet of lawn in their common areas for native plant gardens! Their hope is to provide habitats and food sources for the wildlife, while adding valued beauty to their community. A bonus is the educational component of the project that is inspiring some homeowners to incorporate native plants into their own properties too.

This picture shows one of the four new gardens. It was designed by Creating Sustainable Landscapes and planted by neighborhood volunteers. These plants are small now, but we can't wait to see them grow and bloom!

Here are the plants that were used (along with some of their known benefits to wildlife):
wild petunia (larval host and nectar)
prairie dock (nectar and seed source)
wild bergamot (nectar)
hairy beardtongue (larval host)
nodding onion (nectar)
showy goldenrod (larval host and nectar)
beardtongue (seed)
pale purple coneflower (seed)"

Thanks, Monika!
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
A small light in California.
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
Collecting seeds in Ohio!
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
Listen to people experience their very first monarch tagging!
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
New Hampshire is one of many states asking volunteers to contribute milkweed seeds. 🙂
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
The Monarch Butterfly Crusader
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