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Milkweed Collection Efforts During WWII

Today we use the milkweed plant in our pain-relieving balms and creams, but this amazing plant actually played a vital role throughout the United States during WWII when a national campaign, promoted by the Department of Education, encouraged children to collect milkweed pods to help save lives. The white, silky floss in the pod was…

Collecting the Milkweed, Part 1: Milkweed Uses

The milkweed plant is a fragrant flower that blooms in the summer and hosts the magnificent Monarch butterfly. The magical flowers come in various shades and cluster on top of the plant’s strong stem. Its unique seed pod is shaped like a cucumber, with tiny bumps dotting its outer layer. When the pod opens, cotton-like…

How You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly

Chances are you’ve seen monarch butterflies fluttering around in your garden or in a nearby public park. You probably didn’t think much about the bold orange and black insects because they’re fairly common in the United States. However, monarch sightings may be becoming more infrequent, according to a recent PBS report earlier this month that…

Fostering Community: Milkweed Collection Draws All Walks of Life

About five years ago while pregnant with her first child, Misty Wettergren came across an ad on Craig’s List for harvesting milkweed and began picking that day. Wettergren now handles a wild milkweed collection point in Michigan as part of the Monarch Flyway team.   “Milkweed grows everywhere, primarily on the side of the road,…

Easy Ways to Start Your Own Butterfly Garden

You’d be hard-pressed to spot a butterfly and not smile as you watch it gracefully alight on a flower. Butterflies are magical creatures, but not just because of their beauty—they also play a significant role in the balance of our ecosystem. They’re important pollinators, and also indicate quality of life in specific environments. Unfortunately, your…

​Keeping it Wild: Using Milkweed Helps the Monarch Migration

The Monarch butterfly is considered to be one of the most exquisite creatures, easily recognized for its orange and black painted wings. This royal butterfly inspires admiration from people all around the world. Monarch populations have been on a long term decline for many years. One of the ways to ensure the survival of Monarch…

Monarch Flyaway Announces Partnership with Pella Wildlife Company

Monarch Flyway and Pella Wildlife Company have launched a partnership to protect and establish the Monarch habitat and promote access to milkweed production. Pella Wildlife Company is an award-winning, non-profit organization that protects, preserves and promotes wildlife conservation.   Monarch Flyway is the world’s largest supplier of sustainably harvested milkweed products and raw materials. Constantly…

Fun Facts about Milkweed

The Common Milkweed plant is not so “common” after all. Aptly named, this milkweed species goes unnoticed, growing along roadsides and in fields when it is not in bloom. However, beneath its dull exterior, the milkweed is full of uncommon attributes.   The Common Milkweed has poisonous powers. Inside the plant, a sticky white sap…

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