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A monarch butterfly on an aster flower.
Read article: Monarch butterflies migrating through Illinois
Monarch butterflies migrating through Illinois
Migratory species across North America are on the move as the fall season progresses toward winter.  Right now is the ideal time to observe bird...
spotted moth on leaf
Read article: Protecting pollinators: Beyond bees
Protecting pollinators: Beyond bees
Approximately 35% of our food crops depend on pollinators to produce what we like to eat, according to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation...

News Releases

Monarch caterpillars crawling around milkweed plants.
Butterflies can eat to live, live to eat in a balanced garden
URBANA, Ill. — A favorite thing about visiting gardens in the summer is catching sight of a butterfly enjoying nectar from a brightly colored zinnia or a monarch caterpillar munching on a milkweed leaf. When designing a butterfly garden, expand and balance plant selection to provide more than...
person holding black and orange butterfly
Explore the magical world of butterflies!
OREGON, Ill. - Does your child enjoy the outdoors and learning about the natural world? The Junior Master Naturalist program is the perfect way for your 9-12 year old to explore and discover the wonders nature. University of Illinois Extension staff and volunteers in Ogle County will provide...


Monarch Butterfly Status Update with Brodie Dunn

Brodie Dunn chats about the recent listing of the monarch butterfly as an endangered species by the IUCN. What does that mean for us in Illinois where monarchs spend their summers? We dive into the most recent scientific publications to determine how the monarch population is doing according to...

Day 17: Releasing Our Butterflies

Our butterfly adventure is coming to a close, but not before we say goodbye to our special butterfly friends. Let's take one last look at our butterflies and watch as they head out into the world on their next adventure!