Take a packet of milkweed seeds, plant a patch and help save the monarchs.

With the advent of social media humans socialize predominantly in electronic ways these days, but nothing beats a good community board in our opinion.

One half is used for musical, artistic and other community events. The other side we utilize for causes we feel passionate about.

Veronica Dimick and her family of Marysville have generously collected and packaged milkweed seeds for folks looking to start a patch in their yard – as this is the only plant monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on because it is the only food their caterpillars will eat.

On a personal note…

Like many families during the pandemic we had to get creative to keep our kids brains engaged and excited about learning. In search of worthwhile activities we happened upon the conservation efforts of monarch.

Sadaat and I have a friend – Richard Lund, we’ve known since high school, who’s a monarch enthusiast. He filmed a video series about how to raise and release monarchs. If you’re interested in learning how CLICK HERE!

Recently the migratory monarch butterfly was declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The black and orange butterfly is known for its yearly 2500-mile journey across the North American continent between its summer and winter grounds. While the species has long been categorized as under threat” its considerable decline this year has put it at great risk for extinction. The reason for the species’ diminished numbers is a combination of things including:

• Climate change that is producing more catastrophic weather events including drought along the monarch’s southern migration routes.

• Pesticides used is agriculture kill the monarchs and milkweed the plant they lay their eggs on.

Josephine Dimick sports a monarch on her face she released into the wild after helping grow into a mature butterfly with her mother Veronica Dimick.

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