Monarch Butterfly Waystation Event Photos

Emerald Island Park is now an official milkweed feeding and resting stop for migrating monarch butterflies. 

Monarch ButterflyThe Waystation was created and milkweed planted by the Chevy Chase Estates Garden Club.   This effort, a year in the making, was spearheaded by CCEA Director Leticia Gonzalez, as a tribute and in memory of Mary Betlach, past President of Chevy Chase Estates Garden Club, who was a passionate advocate to save the Monarch Butterfly.  Event photos below!  Click on arrow top right for full screen viewing.

Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to mountains in central Mexico where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss at overwintering grounds in Mexico and throughout breeding areas in the United States and Canada. 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.


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