â€œThe monarchâ€™s ability to repopulate is determined by the amount of habitat left in the United States,â€ says Barb Agnew, founder of the Monarch Trail in southeast Wisconsin. â€œEvery day we lose 6,000 acres of land across the country.
Developers like flat, open fieldsâ€"exactly the habitat required by most butterfly species, including the monarch.â€
, this hits close to home.
For four years she
has dedicated her
time and energy to protecting one of these essential butterfly way stations on 89 acres dubbed the Monarch Trail
, located in an urban area of Milwaukee.
But now the city is looking to develop the site.
â€œThe Monarch Trail
was established because I needed people to witness the migration in order to convince them that this area must be preserved,â€ says Barb. â€œMonarchs need this rest area to fuel up for their long journey south in fall.
It also serves as an essential roosting site for future generations.â€
and the supporters of the Monarch Trail
have written letters and attended meetings to try to save it.
While a good portion of the land will still be developed, the group did manage to get a slice of it designated just for monarchs.
It was a small victory, but a big moment for Barb