dupage monarch project: communities protecting pollinators


March 2016

Carol Stream Site Supports Dupage Monarch Project’s Mission

Carol Stream has joined the growing ranks of villages, park districts and volunteer groups working to protect the eastern monarch.

The Village of Carol Stream, with the support and encouragement of Bill Bedrosian of Bedrock Earthscapes LLC , went looking for monarch habitat and found it in an existing natural area at the corner of Lies Rd and Gary Avenue. The area has been certified by Monarch Watch as providing what monarchs require, milkweed for caterpillars, nectar plants for adults, sheltered and sunny places in a location large enough to catch the butterfly’s attention.


Jim Knudsen, the Village Engineering Services Director presented Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino with a Monarch Waystation sign.

Known for its spectacular fall migration between the US and Mexico, the eastern monarch is experiencing challenges. Its population has declined by as much as 90% in recent years, with the primary factor responsible being loss of milkweed, necessary for reproduction. Milkweed is an essential component of monarch habitat. Research indicates milkweed is disappearing as Round Up applications have increased on GMO Round Up ready crops and agricultural land is converted to other uses.

Identifying existing monarch habitat is important for knowing the best locations for planting additional milkweed in Dupage County. Monarch Joint Venture’s Monarch Recovery Plan calls for one billion new milkweed stems to restore the butterfly population to a size capable of bouncing back from extreme weather events and other threats.

Suburban gardens can also qualify as monarch habitat. Milkweed and nectar plants are attractive garden plants and provide monarchs with much needed breeding sites and refueling stations. It might be called a garden, prairie, park or vacant lot but monarchs can call it home.

Criteria for waystation designation can be found at:

Click to access waystation_requirements.pdf


Native Plant Sales – 2016

You’ve made plans for a butterfly/pollinator friendly garden, the plant list is complete and now you’re on the hunt for where to buy native plants.

There are several native plant sales coming up this spring, some with pre-order options.  If the plant sales don’t offer everything you need, there are native plant nurseries in the area that might be able to fill your wish list.


April 25, 2016 Last day to order plants, pick up May 18, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm                         Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District

April 30, 2016 8:30 am – noon City of Wheaton, Wheaton Environmental Improvement Commission and Wheaton Park District Native Plant Sale

May 1, 2016 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Schaumburg Community Garden Club

May 6, 2016 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 7 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Mayslake Peabody Estate         Forest Preserve District of DuPage County


A list of native plant growers, nurseries and outlets is available on the Wild Ones Greater Dupage Chapter website at



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