If you see a Monarch Butterfly at this time of the year, you can help out Nature Saskatchewan by letting them know.
Monarchs are on the move right now, flying thousands of kilometers to their wintering grounds in Mexico.
The butterflies are also on the decline and are considered a “Special Concern” species.
Ashley Vass is a Habitat Stewardship Coordinator with Nature Saskatchewan, She said the Monarch plays a very important role.
“Monarchs are really important pollinators,” Vass said. “Just like bees have been a big concern lately, butterflies are really important pollinators of wild flowers and other native species. It’s really important to keep our pollinators around.”
Vass said by keeping tabs on the numbers of Monarch, it will help in their conservation efforts for the butterfly.
“Under federal protection, they’re lasted as ‘Special Concern’,” Vass said. “But it’s been recommended they uplist them to ‘Endangered’ as well. The Monarch has had a pretty significant decline in their overall population and over the last 20-years, their decline has been up-to-and-above 90-percent.”
“If you do spot a Monarch Butterfly,” Vass said. “Call Nature Saskatchewan’s hotline at 1-800-667-HOOT (4668).”