The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Monsanto announced today a commitment to partner in support of NFWF’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. As the first company to contribute to NFWF’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, Monsanto will provide $3.6 million over three years to match funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies that will support habitat restoration, education, outreach and milkweed seed production to benefit monarch butterflies.
Monarch butterflies are found throughout the United States, though a majority of the population migrates up to 3,000 miles to Mexico for the winter months. Over the past 20 years, the North American monarch population has plunged from 1 billion to less than 60 million, due to many factors, including loss of critical habitat. These beautiful, black-and-orange insects depend not only on nectar-producing plants throughout their range, but also milkweed — the only food source for monarch caterpillars.Monsanto’s support of the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to work with others to support important biodiversity initiatives.
The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund focuses on three priority conservation needs to restore monarch butterflies to a more robust and healthy population:
- Habitat restoration to plant native milkweed for caterpillars and nectar plants for adults in both large, contiguous areas as well as in smaller patches, especially in edge habitat along the butterfly’s migration route
- Outreach and education in urban and rural communities, with a focus on youth engagement
- Native seed production and distribution to increase production and availability of seeds and plants essential to habitat restoration
To learn more about Monsanto’s work to expand, protect and conserve biodiversity and natural resources, please visit http://monsanto.info/sustainability.