The Monarch Alliance believes that the Monarch butterfly and its extraordinary migration extending from Canada to the mountains of central Mexico has captured the imagination of millions of Americans.
The migration of this iconic animal species is in danger of disappearing because of the loss of milkweed and nectar sources throughout its breeding range in the United States and Canada and from threats to the Oyamel Fir forests in its overwintering sites in central Mexico.
The Monarch Alliance, working with other governmental and non-governmental organizations in Washington County and the surrounding region, will work to educate the public on the life cycle of the Monarch, threats to its spectacular migration, and how it can help by planting butterfly gardens, including milkweed native to our region.
Protect The Monarch
We've met our fundraising goal for this project!
This is The Monarch Alliance's third annual summer campaign to bring Monarch Waystations to Washington and Frederick counties of Maryland and to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. It is a supplement to our grant program to fund Monarch Waystations in our area. For our summer campaigns, we try to pick a site that has special significance, as well. Also, one of our goals is to get native plants in the ground in support of all pollinators, but especially Monarch butterflies.
Our campaign this summer is to establish a Monarch Waystation at the Potomac Valley Audubon Society's (PVAS) main office and nature center at Cool Spring Nature Preserve. See www.potomacaudubon.org. It will be designed by James Dillon, one of the premier landscape designers in the region and have around 800 milkweed and native plants.
TMA Clothing and Totes Now Available
The Monarch Alliance has joined Native Plant Apparel, LLC to offer t-shirts and totes for members and the public to purchase.
Plant Your Own Monarch Garden
The Monarch Alliance has produced a Monarch Garden and Waystation plant list and garden design for you to use. TMA board member Ann Aldrich put together the plant list that is available at the link below. To download and use the garden design above, simply click on the image!
Saving The Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Monarch populations have struggled to survive the over-use of pesticides, disease, climate change and more. Find out what you can do to help save the monarch butterfly from extinction.
Where Are The Monarchs?
Each year Monarch Butterflies make their majestic migration from Mexico to Canada. With the help of Citizen Scientists, Journey North has managed to track their migratory paths. You can see their migration in real-time through their map!