The informative new book, which is called ‘Raise Healthy Monarchs At Home’, is being targeted to home gardeners in the Greensboro region as North Carolina is a key location in the beautiful species’ annual migration across North America. As the home of The Cole Family Monarch Conservation Center and Butterfly House at the Greensboro Science Center, Megel also believes that the environmentally conscious and active citizens of Greensboro will make for a receptive audience for her insights and strategies.
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The release of the book coincides with North Carolina’s recent affirmation of its commitment to address climate change and the destruction of natural wilderness, with Governor Roy Cooper outlining an executive order to ensure that the state becomes a cleaner and greener one. However, despite these very positive steps, Megel believes that there is still more that everyday citizens can do to improve the health and quality of their local environment, and raising monarch butterflies is one of them.
Like bees, monarch butterflies are a vital pollinator, and are the primary pollinator of America’s great array of beautiful wildflowers. Sadly, however, like bees, their population is also in peril, owing to factors like land clearing and pollution.
While Megel praises the work of The Cole Family Monarch Conservation Center, she believes it ought to just be the starting point for a city and county-wide conservation effort.
As such, the highly qualified biologist and experienced conservationist has distilled almost ten years’ worth of experience into an easy-to-follow, clearly structured and illustration and photograph-supported guide to raising monarch butterflies at home.
In ‘Raise Healthy Monarchs At Home’, Megel covers all the key steps in the process of raising and releasing the butterflies. It also includes information on what to plant in one’s garden to attract and nurture pollinating insects like the monarch, how to select a food source for one’s butterflies, all the equipment that is needed and safety practices to follow.
Jeanne Megel has worked extensively throughout North Carolina as an advocate for the monarch butterfly and now raises around 500 healthy butterflies each season.
A spokesperson for the author said, “Not everyone can help save a coral reef. But everyone can help save the monarch butterfly and contribute to the health of our planet.”
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