Wild Ones for Monarchs


Are You Wild for Monarch Butterflies?

There’s a Wild Ones Committee Where You Can Help If you want to help monarch butterflies continue their wonderful annual migration and life cycle, then Wild Ones has a committee that both provides you with an opportunity and also needs your help.

A partnership between Wild Ones, Monarch Joint Venture, and Monarch Watch, the Wild for Monarchs Committee assists monarch butterflies through promoting the planting of nectar and host plants. The committee provides presentations on monarch biology and migration, provides monarch information booths at local events, assists individuals and organizations in establishing native plant areas which include milkweed, and assists in registering these areas as Monarch Watch Waystations.

The committee also collects milkweed seeds and prepares seed packets for distribution at presentations and events. These activities are promoted through press releases and articles in Seedlings, on the Wild Ones webpage, and in other publications.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Ilse Gebhard, the Committee Chair, at gebhard.ilse@gmail.com.


MJV Announces 2018 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan

The 2018 Monarch Conservation Implementation Plan is now publicly available. This annually updated plan, derived from the 2008 North American Monarch Conservation Plan, identifies and prioritizes monarch conservation action items in the U.S. that will help us reach our goal of restoring the monarch butterfly population to a sustainable level. Any individual or entity is encouraged to use this plan to identify and integrate priority monarch conservation actions into their existing or planned efforts.

The United States has a strong monarch conservation movement that continues to grow. We are excited to be part of this movement, and recognize this is a critical moment in history for monarchs and other pollinators. Sixteen partners have joined the MJV in 2017, and monarchs continue to gain attention and interest from all sectors.

It will take continued partnership and coordination to reach these ambitious goals and preserve the monarch migration for generations to come. As a national coordinating body, the MJV will continue to help identify opportunities for collaboration between different entities, and support and guide conservation actions carried out by our partners.

This plan serves as a guiding document to support ongoing or new conservation actions, recognizing that it will take an “all hands on deck” approach to reach our nation’s monarch population and habitat targets. The plan may also serve to inform other initiatives in an effort to coordinate monarch conservation efforts throughout the U.S.







Make a financial donation to support purchase of plug trays, growing media, or plants. Any amount welcome! Write checks to Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones (KAWO) with a notation for Monarch Committee in the memo line;

Grow milkweed plants to share with family and friends and to give away at events like plant exchanges. Seeds and instructions available at monthly meetings, or contact Ilse Gebhard (gebhard.ilse@gmail.com);

Join the Monarch Committee or express an interest in being contacted for tasks; please let Ilse Gebhard know. Sometime this winter we’ll need help transplanting seedlings from seed flats to plug flats (an excellent opportunity to see how native plants are grown in a greenhouse setting);

Plant milkweed in your yard and register it as a Monarch Watch Waystation—if you haven’t, this would be a great time. Seeds and information available at meetings, or go to www.monarchwatch.org;

Motivate non-members to plant milkweed on their properties, or share how-to ideas. Ilse Gebhard has a PowerPoint presentation – if you belong to any group looking for programs, please let Ilse know.