The Mission of The Mid-Atlantic
Monarch Initiative (MAMI) is to foster collaboration and activate
conservation initiatives through shared physical and educational
resources to increase Monarch habitat in the Mid-Atlantic region of the
Educating the public about
Monarch Butterflies and the importance of creating habitat for
Propagating and increasing
availability of milkweed species and pollinator species for local
restoration and conservation efforts.
Creating and restoring
Monarch Butterfly habitat.
Planting milkweed species and
pollinator species in habitats, including schoolyards, home gardens,
community properties, and local restoration projects.
Inventorying the existing
Creating “No Mow” zones.
Promoting “integrated pest
management” to increase pollinator survival.
The Mid-Atlantic Monarch
Initiative’s success depends on the open exchange of ideas from
organizations with related goals and objectives. We invite your
participation and collaboration in shaping MAMI – whether coordinating a
class; setting up a Monarch tagging project; or assisting with a
milkweed planting project.
If your organization is interested in becoming a
Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative Partner please send an email to
Monarchs and Milkweed:
Monarchs will only lay their eggs on
milkweeds. Monarch females usually lay a single egg on a milkweed plant.
As a result, the milkweed plant plays a significant role in the
successful reproduction of monarchs and the survival of the species.
Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa
Monarch caterpillar on Butterfly Milkweed
Native Plants as Nectar Sources:
Planting native species that bloom throughout the
season (especially those that bloom in late summer and falll when
monarchs are migrating) will help monarch populations find nectar
sources as they make their long journey to their wintering grounds.
Monarch adult nectaring on Joe Pye Weed
Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca
Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata
Brochure: Using Native Plants for Butterfly Gardens