The Superior Watershed Partnership is helping UP residents celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary from the comfort and safety of their homes. SWP is mailing free milkweed seed packets to expand critical habitat for pollinator species like the monarch butterfly. The seeds can be planted this spring while social distancing with your family in your yard or garden.
The monarch butterfly population at their winter home in Mexico fell 53% from their 2019 numbers. Loss of habitat, especially the milkweed where the monarchs lay their eggs, pesticide and herbicide use, as well climate change, all pose threats to the species’ migration and survival. Planting milkweed in your yard or garden will help fuel the monarch migration from Mexico to Canada and back this summer. Milkweed is the only wildflower monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on and the only plant monarch caterpillars will eat as they mature. Milkweed and monarchs are both native UP species that need our help to continue their cycles of life.
Milkweed seed packets are available on a first come, first served basis and will be prioritized for UP addresses. You can request your free milkweed seeds by completing the form below: