Valle Verde Becomes Monarch Waystation
Source: Valle Verde
Valle Verde Retirement Community’s Monarch Garden was added to the national map as a protected Monarch Waystation.
A small event was held to honor the people who established the Monarch Waystation. Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall.
Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.