2017 Wildlife Newsletter-for Web

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Pollinators... Continued from page 1 exposure, disease, predation, and changing climate. The monarch's plight is bringing attention to other pollinators as well. Conservation workers, government organizations, non-government organizations, agricultural groups, businesses, and educators met to express their ideas and concerns for monarchs and other at-risk pollinators at a summit in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2016. Discussions that took place at the summit are serving as the basis for a statewide pollinator conservation plan. Action items will include the planting of native milkweeds, which are the only food for monarch larvae in both urban gardens and high-diversity prairie. Diverse blooming flowers are also needed from spring until fall to sustain adult monarchs. The summit oriented Nebraskans, and served as a launching point to expand conservation efforts. With partners communicating and in many cases working collaboratively, we may be able to restore monarch population levels to a stable size, and prevent this iconic butterfly from disappearing throughout much of the United States. ✔ Monarch caterpillars feed on milkweeds. A reduction in the number of milkweeds is a primary reason the population of monarchs is declining. 2 Meeting for monarchs: a group gathers in Lincoln, Nebraska for a summit to draft a conservation plan for monarch butterflies and other at-risk pollinators. PHOTO BY REGAN GILMORE

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