Milkweed

Monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80 percent since the 1990s due in large part to the widespread eradication of milkweed plants. Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed plants exclusively and butterflies rely on it to lay their eggs. 

The Endangered Species Coalition, our partner organizations, and activists around the country are working together to plant milkweed this spring as a part of 2017 Endangered Species Day. On the map below, we have highlighted sites where we have planted milkweed or have scheduled planting events this year. We will be adding more locations as we get closer to May 19th, Endangered Species Day.  You can support this work by donating to purchase milkweed and secure planting sites.

If you are planting milkweed in your community, please add a marker to the map and, if you like, an image of the garden or plants.

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Map icons credit Nicolas Mollet.