Blog: Conservation Conversations with Jamie

Jamie Zite-Stumbris
Thank you so much for your interest in Monarchs! You are correct. Milkweed was more common in past years. Common Milkweed was the variety found in Illinois. Agriculture and development took over most of the areas where Milkweed was common. You can absolutely find milkweed to plant in your yard. It can be found in most home improvement or garden centers. You can also purchase milkweed directly from Once you have planted your milkweed you can even register your garden as a Monarch Waystation through their program.

Breeding and releasing them isn't the best way to help and protect them. Breeding and releasing is a great start and we will be doing that at Brookfield Zoo this summer, but we need to supply food for the monarchs for their migration. If we breed and release lots of monarchs, but don't have milkweed for the caterpillars to eat, we won't really be solving the problem.
Check out our Communities and Nature webpage to find out more information about the efforts CZS and Brookfield Zoo are doing to protect Monarchs, their caterpillars, and their habitat!

4/1/2015 3:30:50 PM
I remember milkweed growing in our town when I was little. Now, I don't see it nor the Monarchs anywhere. How can we get a hold of milkweed seeds to help bring the monarchs back? Why don't towns/cities regrow the milkweed in parks or unused land and bring in Monarch caterpillars to help? It's like the bees...can't they be bred and released in areas?
4/1/2015 3:12:56 PM
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