Many gardeners ask us what they can do to attract butterflies to their gardens, so we’ve compiled some articles and resources to help shed light on the long-term decline of Monarch butterflies and to make you aware of conservation efforts underway to help bring their numbers back.


  1. Plant Milkweed. This flowering native plays a critical role in the Monarch’s life cycle as the caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves.
  2. Avoid using pesticides. Studies suggest that a holistic approach may be needed for Monarch conservation as toxic chemicals may be a contributing factor in their decline.


What we can do to help the Monarch Butterfly survive, Gardenista

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Grassland Restoration: Monarch Butterfly, Fishers Island Conservancy

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Monarch butterflies might soar again—with a little help from their friends, Connecticut Magazine

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Connecticut Native Milkweed Species

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Common Milkweed Seeds (Asclepias syriaca)
Park Seed

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Milkweed for Monarchs
National Wildlife Federation

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Monarch Joint Venture
Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

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