Follow AADL staff members as they work to help monarch butterfly populations. Learn about milkweed's importance as the host plant for monarchs, and watch staff grow their own milkweed. From milkweed seeds to full grown plants, and from monarch egg to butterfly, each episode will focus on the life cycles of these fascinating insects. Monarchs migrate north in spring, and by fall, we will see them migrate south again. Watch it all happen from start to finish!
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Episode 1: Introducing The Milkweed & Monarch Project!
We introduce The Milkweed & Monarch Project and scope out some milkweed. Check out additional resources here!
Episode 2: Milkweed
Learn more about Milkweed! Staff experiment with growing milkweed from seed, follow the progress of milkweed growing in the garden and in the wild, and cook dinner with seedpods! Learn more about Michigan Native Plants and Natural Resources Conservation.
Episode 3: Monarch Eggs
In Episode 3 learn about the beginning of the monarch's life cycle: the egg. Staff members look for monarch eggs on different types of milkweed, and discuss the reasons "citizen scientists" raise monarchs. Learn more about citizen science and efforts to tag and learn more about monarchs at Monarch Butterfly: What is Citizen Science? and Monarch Watch.
Episode 4: Caterpillars & Butterflies Part 1
Episode 5: Caterpillars & Butterflies Part 2
Episode 6: End of the Season
There are many projects and organizations dedicated to helping sustain monarch populations. Some organizations focus on milkweed and habitat conservation while others raise monarchs and help track disease spread.
Monarch Butterfly: What is Citizen Science?
Project Monarch Health
North American Butterfly Association
Natural Resources Conservation
Michigan Native Plants
Monarch Joint Venture
Save Our Monarchs