The Port Washington Monarch Butterfly Alliance is a community organization with the goal of making the entire community of PW a butterfly sanctuary, to re-wild our area to promote biodiversity, and to make experiences of nature more accessible to the community. We are a collaboration of local schools, youth and community groups, public gardens, environmental centers, businesses, government agencies, and international Monarch conservation groups.
Endeavors in conservation to help protect declining monarch populations can start in your backyard by planting or placing milkweed and nectar plants in a pot. Monarch habitats are sites containing a variety of nectar-producing plants, especially milkweed, a family of plants that is the sole host for Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars. Like oases, these habitats serve as connections or steppingstones linking populations of Monarch butterflies and a diversity of wildlife over the course of their migratory cycles. Monarch habitats support many species of butterflies and moths, bees, dragonflies, migratory and breeding birds, native plants, and many other organisms.
We will be hosting Monarch workshops for the general community, workshops for teachers, and planting events in public parks and other habitats throughout the year. The Workshops turn the practice of raising Monarch Butterflies into a learning experience for adults and children. Participants will also be introduced to the surprising plants and animals associated with Monarchs as the Monarchs go through their brief reproductive life cycle in Port Washington along their migratory route from Mexico and back each year. Participants will receive free local plants, caterpillars, equipment, storybooks, and the training needed to raise monarch butterflies in their homes, classrooms, and gardens. By releasing monarch butterflies into the world to join their migration and by planting seeds, participants will be supporting the growth and health of this imperiled species, pollinators, and Port Washington's biodiversity.