Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Come Fly with US! Adopt a Monarch butterfly

28 May 2014 4:48 PM | Anonymous

The Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge proudly wrote this letter to the Monarch Watch in support and approval of the monarch habitat garden project here at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge and La Milpa Community Garden in Las Vegas, New Mexico.


These gardens will be used as learning resources for the community and schools. Inviting schools to participate in the gardens allow students to interact with the garden, ask questions, observe the life cycle of plants, record data, learn about genetic engineering, insects, plants, soil, weeds and gain awareness of the balance of life.  This also helps children appreciate the history of gardening in this area and recognize water as our most precious resource.

These efforts engage communities and youth to nurture an appreciation of wildlife conservation and foster a better understanding of the role of the Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) in conserving natural resources.  An important element is to provide an understanding of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service mission and work and how it relates to people and their well-being.  The goal is to understand the values of the community, and why communities are important to us. The emphasis of this approach is adding value to existing partnerships, as well as, adding

value to school, youth, university, and employment partnerships .


These native wildflower demonstration sites attract monarchs during their spring and fall migrations.  Our gardens serve as an educational space to inform youth about the importance of species conservation , as well as to support science and math learning.  

This year Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge's visitor's center demonstration area will be designated as a Monarch Way station on September 28 at our annual Concert for the Birds event.

We are also sponsoring an Adopt a Monarch Butterfly program to raise and release tagged butterflies to aid in the study of their epic migrations to and from Mexico. Local people can adopt a crysalis, then tag their own butterfly and release it to the migration. Learn more about the program at



Friends of Las Vegas (New Mexico) National Wildlife Refuge

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