“Audubon” implies birds. But the folks who are apart of Madison Audubon love more than just birds, we love all native species! Monarch butterflies are in major decline (by approximately 90% over the last 20 years), and we are playing a big role in protecting and bolstering their populations in Wisconsin. Scroll down to learn how you can help!
Founding member and strong supporter of the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, a team of agencies, industries, non-profits, and individuals all working to protect monarchs by increasing and enhancing their habitat, and teaching communities about their importance.
Providing and expanding habitat for monarchs at our sanctuaries. Goose Pond Sanctuary, in particular, is in the fall migration flight path of monarchs so we spend a lot of time and energy ensuring they have the plants they need to lay eggs and refuel.
Monarch tagging each fall as part of Monarch Watch. Madison Audubon members and the public are invited to join us for monarch tagging sessions during which we place tiny stickers with a unique number on each butterfly as it heads south to their winter grounds in Mexico. This helps us track migration patterns, population changes, and more.
How you can help:
Plant native milkweeds and native nectar plants in your yard, prairie, or neighborhood park. Here are two resources you can use to find the best plants for monarchs.
Join us for monarch tagging in September. Keep an eye on our Events page to sign up as tagging events are scheduled.
Header photo by Arlene Koziol