LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Monarch Butterflies were recently listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
At Myrick Park on Sunday, experts held a Driftless Area BioBlitz.
Master gardeners, naturalists, and environmental educators gave visitors a tour of the gardens.
They pointed out the native plants and pollinators that rely on them.
Veronica Sannes, a native gardens assistant with Wiscorps, says anyone can help out in their own backyard.
“Milkweed is a big way to help monarchs and […] especially in this area, common milkweed is a very prolific plant in a lot of peoples’ gardens, so the biggest thing is not cutting it down,” said Sannes.
Sannes says if you have to remove the plants, check under the leaves for eggs or caterpillars. The monarch relies on milkweed plants since the species’ caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed leaves.
Strive 2 Thrive helped organize this BioBlitz. You can find out more about their organization here.