“Chicago is right in the heart of the most important area for monarch breeding throughout the summer.”

Abigail Derby Lewis, a conservation ecologist and senior program manager for the Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center

Tell Chicago to Protect the Butterflies

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The truth is, if you are from Chicago you have spent time in our front yard, Grant Park. Her green grass has been your dinner table for a sunset picnic. Her museums have been your classrooms. Her night sky has been the backdrop for endless entertainment. 

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01/23

The park has been hit hard by the pandemic. Chicago is no longer able to hold the events which produce revenue to keep the gardens lush. The park is now relying on volunteers like you to keep the parks clean and ready for our butterfly friends to land and rest.

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02/23

Monarch butterflies lay their eggs in Milkweed, an indigenous plant in the Midwestern United States. The leaves are the perfect food for baby caterpillars when they hatch. It is an easy addition to any garden. So are lush, bright flowers for the butterflies to drink from. 

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We would like for Chicago to recognize the delicate relationship between our city and this important element of the worlds ecosystem. We need butterflies and other insects to pollinate our plants so we can grow food. 

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