Katelyn VanDeCar

Monarch caterpillars in Ms. Ging’s classroom eating milkweed.

Katelyn VanDeCar, Writer

Ms. Ging has been raising Monarch butterflies for six to seven years.

“Monarchs are red-listed NOT endangered. People are always saying that they are endangered,” Ms. Ging, sixth-grade math and science teacher, stated. “Monarchs are red-listed because of habitat destruction due to climate change. Monarch butterflies are at risk.” 

Populations are declining due to habitat loss, climate change, and urbanization. There is hope, however: Humans can play a huge role in reducing the threats to the existence of these valuable insects, according to Shanti Lerner of the Arizona Republic 

The best way for you to help them is growing milkweed in your yard. 

“Climate change will affect monarchs significantly. They will get confused and go too far north then their trip to Mexico will be very far and not all will make it all the way down to Mexico,” Ms. Ging stated.  

Even if you can’t get milkweed then here are some other things you can do to help Monarch butterflies.1.encorage people to not use pesticides and don’t use pesticides. 2.Do what you can to help stop climate change. 3.Raise monarch butterflies.

“I’ve always liked butterflies and tried to help them,” Ging stated. The youngest grades that Ging has taught about monarchs are Head Start and Kindergarten.