Monarch butterflies are in San Antonio as they stop for fuel during great migration

SAN ANTONIO – Monarch butterflies are not solely stunning pollinating creatures, they are spine pollinators.

But Monike Maeckle, founding father of the Texas Butterfly Ranch, stated monarchs and different pollinators are rapidly disappearing on account of local weather change.

“Monarch butterflies are considered a cornerstone species, so like, if the population goes down, what does that say about everything else?” Maeckle stated.

It’s why her group, the Texas Butterfly Ranch, is attempting to lift consciousness of pollinator significance and why they are important to sustaining our ecosystem.

“It’s kind of like, you know, a car, you know, one screw falls out of the car, it’s no big deal,” Maeckle stated. “But when all these little screws start to fall out, you’re gonna have a huge car wreck. And that’s kind of where we’re headed right now unless we change things. And monarchs are indicators of a lot of those things — climate change, weather patterns, you know, pesticide use, habitat destruction.”


During the migration interval when monarchs stop in San Antonio on their journey from Canada to Mexico for the winter the group takes half in tagging and releasing a whole lot of monarchs to trace the numbers. She stated you possibly can consider San Antonio as a hospitality heart for the butterflies.

“Everything’s popping out, so it’s good,” Maeckle stated. “It’s good for the butterflies. They’re going to have plenty of nectar to fuel their journey and hopefully fatten up so they can make it through the winter. Because that’s their goal right now, is to get really big and fat.”

The Texas Butterly Ranch additionally hosts an annual Butterfly and Pollinator Festival to lift consciousness about monarch preservation. One means you possibly can assistance is by planting a pollinator backyard with drought resistant native flowering vegetation that’s pesticide free. And since 2018, that consciousness has began to repay.

“We did a program with three hundred for three hundred and we tried to get the community to plant three hundred pollinator gardens percentage-wise for a 300th birthday and we rocked it,” Maeckle stated. “I think we got like three or four hundred and seventy five or so butterfly gardens planted. And I think we’re up to like seven hundred now. So there is progress. I mean, it’s slow but steady, and there is.”


This year’s competition will kick off with a parade that everybody is invited to participate in. Maeckle stated they will tag and launch about 600 butterflies.

The group is internet hosting its Butterfly and Pollinator Festival Saturday at Confluence Park, kicking off with a pollinator parade.

If you wish to be a part of the parade, organizers say to reach at 9:30 a.m. The parade kicks off at 9:45 a.m., after which at 10 a.m. over 50 instructional companions and distributors shall be on web site, together with free kayak rides after which festivities go till 2 p.m.

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