Category Archives: Butteflies

The battle for prairie

By Rebecca Biggs, Communications Assistant The Battle Bluff State Natural Area has a lot to offer history buffs as well as nature lovers. Battle Bluff gets its name from the Black Hawk War of 1832, a tragic fight for land between members of the Sauk Nation and the United States. The Sauk warriors would use the high bluff to evade U.S. soldiers and to find a safe place to cross the Mississippi River. By the...

Amid massive declines, NRF joins national effort to protect the monarch butterfly

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is proud to announce our recent partnership with the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV), a collaborative effort with more than 50 partners including government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations working to conserve, protect, and promote the monarch and its habitat throughout the country. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is arguably America’s most recognizable insect. Despite its popularity, monarch populations have been reduced by a staggering amount—researchers estimate that 80 percent...

Raising caterpillars with kids

By Lysbeth Lesak, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin It’s almost 10 o’clock in the morning when my children and I head back home after a tricycle ride in our neighborhood. It’s an uneventful, though still potentially productive day filled with routines: a morning snack, a midday nap, and a playdate just before dinner. We’re enjoying the late summer weather even though the array of green hues and brightly colored flowers have disappeared. The stellar blue...