Monarch Butterfly: North America’s Pollinator Ambassador.
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The monarch butterfly population has been in a steady decline – but are we starting to see results from our conservation efforts? Discover more about this creature’s fascinating life cycle, its migration, the current status of the population, and how this “Pollinator Ambassador” is bringing together people from across North America and making a big difference for many of its fellow pollinators.
Ruth Bowell is a monarch butterfly citizen scientist who has had a passion for monarch butterflies since childhood when she observed her grandmother caring for them. Ruth has been working with her garden club, Alpha Garden Club and the City of Troy on the Monarch Butterfly Habitat at Treasure Island Park, a former EPA superfund site. She has created and certified her own one acre yard in Troy which provides habitat for monarchs, pollinators, and many other native Ohio wildlife species. Ruth is also the owner of The Milkweed Patch, a native plant business located in Troy which specializes in plants benefitting monarch butterflies.