Butterflies are becoming scarce throughout the world due to the destruction of native lands and indigenous plants. The rapid expansion of human development has made it difficult for wild ecosystems to survive, especially with the added challenge of climate change. The rural areas that remain undeveloped are primarily cultivated farmland, inhospitable to wildlife and frequently poisoned with chemical agents in the form of pesticide and herbicide.
Butterfly farming offers an alternative kind of agriculture, one that is sustainable, using native plants and protecting threatened species. We're proud to be a part of this new ec0-friendly farming industry, but we're also committed to addressing the issue of habitat loss that is occuring beyond the borders of our farm, and how it is devastating butterflies and other pollinators at an alarming rate.
The Butterfly Conservation Initiative reports that 24 species of butterflies and moths are currently listed as threatened or endangered in the United States alone, and the monarch butterfly -- the most iconic and beloved of all the butterfly species -- is now under consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act due to a 90% population drop over the last 20 years.
The Euchee Butterfly Farm is committed to raising awareness of the importance of habitat conservation through outreach and education, Each year over 100,000 guests visit our exhibits and learn about the dangers that monarchs and other species face, and what they can do to help save them.
We're also committed to restoring the milkweed and native nectar plants that the butterflies need to survive. Our farm is a founding member of Tribal Environmental Action for Monarchs, a coalition of seven Native American tribes that is working with Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas to restore 350 acres of critical monarch habitat on tribal lands in Oklahoma over the next two years by planting 35,000 milkweeds and 28,000 locally-sourced native wildflowers grown in tribal nurseries. For more details of this unique project, please click here.
The unprecedented collapse of the monarch butterfly population is the proverbial "Canary in the Coalmine" for what is happening to all of our pollinators, and the fragile eco-systems that they support. Without your help, they won't survive.
Please consider supporting butterfly and pollinator conservation through our sister organization, The Learning Center at the Euchee Butterfly Farm, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible and 100% of your contribution will go directly to hands-on program expense restoring butterfly habitat, educating children and youth about the importance of butterfly conservation, and providing training to tribal citizens in butterfly farming as sustainable economic development in rural Oklahoma .