There is a lot of buzz about helping the native bee population, but not nearly enough talk about the butterflies. I remember seeing Monarch Butterflies all over the place when I was growing up. In the fall, they would fly around us when we went out in our sailboat. It was magical. Their numbers are quickly declining and my children are not getting the joy of memories like mine.
Regardless of the size of your homestead, from apartment balcony to 20+ acres, you can create a Monarch habitat by providing food, water, cover, and a place for the caterpillars to grow. Planting a pollinator meadow, like I’ve talked about doing for the native bees, is a great first step. You can also take steps to make sure your yard is eco-friendly.