100 More Plants Needed to Restore Habitat Destroyed by Wildfire!

By Denise Bash, Director of Special Projects

Wildfires and flooding are occurring more often in recent history. One of the overlooked prices of disaster is that wildlife is also losing their homes when it strikes. Migrating birds and insects, such as monarch butterflies, are especially at risk of losing stopover points to rest and feed. These insects rely on nectar corridors along their migration route. is working with partners to create critical habitat for monarch butterflies and other insects that were destroyed by wildfires in southwest Arizona.

The project will create a healthy one-acre paradise for migrating hummingbirds, bats and monarch butterflies, as well as resident pollinators. Once established, this project will serve as a learning opportunity and model for future restoration projects working to develop nectar corridors by growing out several species of milkweed plants, developing best practices for growing these difficult to establish plants and collecting their seeds for future grow outs to establish more restoration sites.

With’s help, 100 of the 200 plants needed for this project got planted! The volunteer team has installed a water storage tank filled with rainwater. No groundwater is needed! Researchers and citizen scientists are performing ongoing surveys on the thicket patch planted to add to existing environmental research databases. Nearby residents monitor wildlife and have identified over 220 species of birds, 120 species of butterflies, along with many species of mammals and other insects. This habitat restoration project is intended to benefit all plants and animals in the natural world as well as be an example to the community of the importance of habitat.

We are SO close! Click here to help restore this habitat! 

by denisebash, May 3, 2018