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Every fall, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to Central Mexico. West Coast populations make a similar though much shorter trip to coastal California. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration “one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world.” Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, modern farming practices, urban development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year.
But today, an army of citizen scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator’s habitat – the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors – so that one of nature’s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards.
The Monarch showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch’s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch enthusiast and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides “action” projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations…to volunteer activism.
This is an attractive book, chock-full of information, that would be useful to anyone from a teenaged student to a veteran gardener. If you love monarch butterflies or want to learn more about them, check it out!
"The Monarch" includes just enough science to fascinate without getting too "sciency." This book should find its way to a shelf in every library and classroom. If you love learning about and looking at stunning photography of nature, you'll love this book.
Illustrated by beautiful photos, Baumle packed this work with carefully researched facts, online resources, projects and a road map of how to join the movement to save the monarch and other butterflies that are at risk in today’s world. (Nancy Szerlag)
Those of us who love monarch butterflies are eager to share their story and to learn more about it ourselves. This book is a great way to do that. Only 160 pages long, it nevertheless covers monarchs in plenty of detail, including life cycle, migration, threats to survival, and ways to help these fascinating creatures escape extinction. This is an attractive book, chock-full of information, useful to anyone from a teenaged student to a veteran gardener. If you love monarch butterflies or want to learn more about them, check it out!
“Kylee’s enthusiasm for monarchs flies off the pages of this fascinating book. Her explanations, photographs and illustrations will inspire both young and old to do all they can to provide a rich and nourishing habitat that will help monarchs thrive.”
~ Diane Blazek, Executive Director, National Garden Bureau
This is so much more than a book about a butterfly. Monarchs are a part of a larger pollinating system that supports our food system and the natural order of plant and animal life on earth. Growing up on a farm in central Indiana, I watched through my childhood as fence rows were burned and covered in pesticides in an effort to eliminate the native plants, which were the foundational support of our pollinator population. Knowing now what I saw as a little girl, I am heartbroken.
Kylee Baumle’s The Monarch is a powerful must-read guide to help you make a difference as an individual to reverse the destruction of native species and save the monarch butterfly.
~ Shawna Coronado, wellness liifestlye advocate, author of multiple organic gardening books, media host, blogger at shawnacoronado.com
"The miraculous monarch migration must continue as a legacy for generations to come. This homage to the monarch helps guide the way."
~ Laurie Davies Adams, Executive Director, Pollinator Partnership
"Kylee Baumle is blessed with the ma