10 Tips for Saving the Monarch Butterfly

Last updated on October 18th, 2019 at 02:42 pm

Saving the Monarch Butterfly | 2019 | Vermont Woods Studios
At Vermont Woods Studios we’re working on saving the Monarch Butterfly. As they leave VT on their annual migration to Mexico we share tips about how you can help monarchs avoid extinction. Hint: it’s all about the milkweed.

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The Hands That Hold the Future

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Monarch Butterfly Workshop at Nature Camp in Hinesburg, Vermont
Eileen Ashe invited me to teach about monarchs at Nature Camp, sponsored by the United Church of Hinesburg, VT last week. Students made seed balls out of potting soil, clay and water.  We put milkweed and flower seeds in each ball and rolled them into sunny meadows where they’ll grow to produce habitat & food for monarchs next year.

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Monarchs & the Milkweed Symposium

Last updated on May 23rd, 2018 at 02:27 pm

Jose Luis Alvarez and conservation of monarch habitat in Mexico
We brought Jose Luis Alvarez to the Milkweed Symposium in Canada so he could teach attendees about the need to reforest monarch habitat in Mexico.

The 1st International Symposium on Milkweed

Last Friday I traveled to Becancour, Quebec with our friend Jose Luis Alvarez for the 1st International Symposium on American Silk (aka milkweed).  The symposium was put together by Francois Simard.  He’s a textiles engineer who’s developing technologies to use milkweed fibers as a down substitute in winter jackets.  Francois is trying to persuade farmers to plant milkweed as a commercial crop in the USA and Canada.

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International Monarch Symposium on the Silk of America

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 12:07 pm

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Join us in Montreal for a discussion on Monarchs, Milkweed and Where we go from here.

Our friend, Francois Simard of Encore 3, is hosting the first ever International Monarch Symposium on the Silk of America. Silk of America? Yes, that’s the new and improved name for milkweed! The symposium will focus on the topic of monarch butterfly habitat conservation in the USA and Canada.

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A Year in Review 2016

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:42 am

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Peggy (far left) with milkweed farmers from Vermont, Jose Luis Alvarez of FFM (4th from the left) and Francois Simard (4th from the right) of Encore 3 an innovative company transforming the way we use milkweed.

A look back at (almost) everything we did this year.

The Fun Stuff

From saving Monarch Butterflies to baking bread for the local food-shelf, we do a lot more than just sell wood furniture. At Vermont Woods Studios we’re on a mission to change the world. Our accomplishments may be on a smaller scale than some but they have deep meaning to us and to our customers.  Not to mention, it’s the most fun part of our work!

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How to Make Milkweed and Flower Seed Bombs for Pollinators

Last updated on March 31st, 2017 at 01:41 pm

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Our latest effort to expand monarch butterfly and pollinator habitats in Vermont: seed bombs

The monarch’s have returned to Mexico and we’re in that annual limbo of Fall weather in New England. So, it could seem odd that we’re talking about growing milkweed in November, but now is actually the perfect time to get your seeds outside for the Spring.

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Hell No, We Won’t Mow!

Last updated on November 18th, 2018 at 08:31 pm

"Hell No, We Won't Mow"
A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Please join our “Hell No, We Won’t Mow” campaign and ask your local road crews if there are areas where mowing can be delayed until October. Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

7 Ways You Can Help Save Monarch Butterflies From Extinction

Frequent flyers on this blog are well schooled on the plight of the beautiful monarch butterfly.  Over the last couple decades the population has declined by over 90% leaving the monarch in imminent danger of extinction.  Once a billion butterflies strong, there are now only about 50 million and the need to conserve their habitat is urgent.  The good news is that, with your help and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, it may not be too late.  Here are 7 things you can do to help the monarch make an epic comeback in 2016-2017:

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3 Amigos & A Butterfly

Last updated on November 15th, 2016 at 08:22 pm

Save the Monarchs Tour

One of the monarchs we raised at Vermont Woods Studios last summer.
The monarch butterfly brought Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and me together in our efforts to help save it from extinction.

Can 3 World Leaders & 3 Small Businesses Save the Monarch Butterfly?

Last month President Obama met with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss climate change and how our three countries can save essential pollinators from extinction.  Independent of that meeting, another Mexican, a Canadian and an American were working on the same thing.  Jose Luis Alvarez, Francois Simard and I somehow connected because we all love nature and believe that small businesses can & should have a positive effect on the world around us.  The part of nature we’re focused on is the beautiful (and endangered) monarch butterfly.

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How To Plant Milkweed for Monarchs

Last updated on October 23rd, 2018 at 03:11 pm

This is part of a series of posts on our Monarch Butterfly Restoration Project.

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed
A monarch butterfly on it’s favorite source of food and habitat. Learn how to plant milkweed &  save the monarch from extinction.  Photo by Elizabeth Howard, founder of Journey North.

Calling all nature nuts and monarch butterfly enthusiasts!  You can help save the beautiful orange & black monarch butterfly from extinction.  It’s easy and you can do it no matter where you live, whether that’s a Manhattan apartment, a suburban ranch or an organic horse farm in Vermont.

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Conserving Monarch Habitat: The Vermont – Mexico Connection

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 01:47 pm

Jose Luis Alvarez has devoted his life to conserving habitat for the Monarch butterfly
Jose Luis Alvarez has devoted his life to conserving monarch habitat in Mexico.  He’s traveling to Vermont this summer to help us conserve the butterfly’s habitat here in New England.

I’m super excited today because our friend Jose Luis Alvarez is coming to visit Vermont this fall to collaborate with us on a project to help save the Monarch butterfly.  Jose Luis is a silviculturist in Mexico who has devoted his life to restoring the forested winter habitat of the Monarch.  Last month I traveled to Michoacan, Mexico to meet Jose Luis & see his work. I love Monarchs & we’ve been conserving their summer habit here in Vermont for many years so I thought maybe we should collaborate and get some Vermont-Mexico synergy going!

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