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In the video below, monarchs are fueling up on nectar from goldenrod, a vital and misunderstood native plant.
Many gardeners mistake goldenrod for ragweed and remove it from their gardens and public spaces. Allergy sufferers: Don't blame and obliterate the wrong plant!
"There are 120 goldenrods species native to Canada and the US, and 8-9 species native to Mexico," according to John C. Semple, Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo’s Astereae Lab.
How to Tell the Difference
According to The Trinational Monarch Knowledge Network
(A Centralized Open Database to Make North American Monarch and Milkweed Data Accessible):
- "North American migrating monarch butterflies have been declining for decades and their migratory phenomenon is considered at risk.
- Monarch butterflies migrate across Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and the threats they face go beyond borders.
- In response, the three countries have joined efforts to conserve the two migrating monarch populations."
What are you doing to help monarchs in Canada?
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