Pollinators and the Monarch Butterfly
At Illinois Farm Bureau, we understand the importance of pollinators to our food system and to the ecosystem overall. That is why we embarked on a campaign to educate our membership about the latest science involving pollinators, the best management practices that are proven to protect pollinators, and the technical information needed to create and improve habitat for pollinators on farms.
The Monarch Butterfly
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is considering the listing of the monarch butterfly as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Monarch butterflies need milkweed, but they also need other wildflowers for other stages of their life cycle.
IFB has been actively involved in conservation planning efforts surrounding the monarch butterfly and other pollinators here in Illinois for a number of years. The following information provides additional detail on our work alongside a number of Illinois stakeholders on this important issue:
- Illinois Monarch Project Agriculture Action Plan (April 2019)
- Illinois Monarch Project Mowing Guidance (June 2019)
- Illinois Agriculture Monarch Activity Report 2014-2019 (May 2020)