The more we learn…

Monarch on Mexican milkweed, photo courtesy Stephen Morton for The New York Times

Monarch on Mexican milkweed, photo courtesy Stephen Morton for The New York Times

As we’ve all learned, the Monarch butterfly has a special relationship with milkweed. The general public is becoming more aware. The good news is that people are interested in helping with the problem.

But of course, big problems are always more complicated than they appear on the surface. So often, what we start out to suggest as being best practice for a particular issue winds up getting more and more nuanced as time goes by.

The monarch/milkweed is an example of this. It isn’t good enough to simply provide any old milkweed. This article in the New York Times, while slightly east coast-centric, does recognize the conundrum and is helping citizens to learn to take more specific actions to help the monarchs.

Monika, one of our online correspondents, brought this to our attention and she wrote, “Introducing non-native species can cause harmfull consequences.” Well-said, Monika.

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