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The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly Hardcover – April 12, 2017
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This is an attractive book, chock-full of information, that would be useful to anyone from a teenaged student to a veteran gardener. If you love monarch butterflies or want to learn more about them, check it out!
Illustrated by beautiful photos, Baumle packed this work with carefully researched facts, online resources, projects and a road map of how to join the movement to save the monarch and other butterflies that are at risk in today’s world. (Nancy Szerlag The Detroit News)
"The miraculous monarch migration must continue as a legacy for generations to come. This homage to the monarch helps guide the way." ~ Laurie Davies Adams, Executive Director, Pollinator Partnership
“Thousands of insect species are suffering from habitat loss and pesticide exposure, but none is more precious to our collective psyche than the monarch. In The Monarch, Kylee Baumle guides us through the all-too-fragile lives of these breathtaking pollinators and their epic journey, and hands us the tools we need to make a difference for not just this imperiled insect, but those thousands of others.”
~ Jessica Walliser, horticulturist, radio host, author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden and Good Bug Bad Bug
“Kylee’s enthusiasm for monarchs flies off the pages of this fascinating book. Her explanations, photographs and illustrations will inspire both young and old to do all they can to provide a rich and nourishing habitat that will help monarchs thrive.”
~ Diane Blazek, Executive Director, National Garden Bureau
"Kylee Baumle is blessed with the magnificent obsession to be absolutely correct about everything she writes. Readers can rest assured that every fact within the pages of The Monarch has been subjected to the most rigorous research and analysis since Noah assigned seating on the ark."
~ Steve Bender, Southern Living magazine’s “The Grumpy Gardener”
“Kylee not only shares her knowledge and passion about monarchs, but inspires us to join forces to preserve this important pollinator. She offers practical advice on how each person can make a difference to save this and other pollinators critical to our food supply and natural beauty.” ~ Melinda Myers, horticulturist, garden book author, radio and TV host of Melinda’s Garden Moments
Kylee Baumle's passion for the monarch butterfly has inspired me to pay closer attention to making my own garden – and those of my clients – a haven for this gorgeous creature. Her valuable information, stunning photographs and stirring prose will inspire you to do the same. ~ Jenny Peterson, landscape designer and author of The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion
This is so much more than a book about a butterfly. Monarchs are a part of a larger pollinating system that supports our food system and the natural order of plant and animal life on earth. Growing up on a farm in central Indiana, I watched through my childhood as fence rows were burned and covered in pesticides in an effort to eliminate the native plants, which were the foundational support of our pollinator population. Knowing now what I saw as a little girl, I am heartbroken.
Kylee Baumle’s The Monarch is a powerful must-read guide to help you make a difference as an individual to reverse the destruction of native species and save the monarch butterfly.
~ Shawna Coronado, wellness liifestlye advocate, author of multiple organic gardening books, media host, blogger at shawnacoronado.com
“Kylee Baumle is more passionate about monarchs (and saving them) than anyone I know. How fortunate we are that she’s now sharing her years of study and monarch-saving wisdom from the trenches with all of us. I can’t imagine a better person to write this book!” ~ Joe Lamp’l, Producer and Host of the PBS series Growing a Greener World®
“Monarchs need our help now more than ever. All of us can do our part by planting milkweed and nectar plants. This book can show you how to help and protect the monarch butterfly population.” ~ Holli Hearn, monarch enthusiast and founder of “The Beautiful Monarch” Facebook group
"This thoroughly-researched compression of Kylee's many enthusiastic years of passion and research is a carefully-crafted balance of practical facts, poignant philosophy and non-judgmental science, making it a must-read for everyone concerned about monarchs – one of the most gardener-friendly symbols of hope for our planet."
~ Felder Rushing, Slow Gardening founder and longtime host of NPR's “Gestalt Gardener” program
I found Kylee Baumle’s lovely new book, The Monarch, Saving Our Most Loved Butterfly a riveting tale of biology and conservation. The intricacies of the butterfly's life history, migration and overwintering biology are engagingly narrated and beautifully illustrated with high quality color images. Her advocacy of doing everything humanly possible to bring the monarch back from its recent precipitous decline due to human activities is expounded without being heavy handed.
Rich in suggestions of what gardeners, citizen scientists, schoolteachers and students can do to help turn the decline around, the book will appeal widely to schools, conservation folks, general readers and to the gamut of people interested in submerging themselves in what she richly paints as a noble cause – saving our most loved butterfly.
~ Lincoln P. Brower, Ph.D., Research Professor of Biology, Sweet Briar College
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The book is intended to show you ways to participate in avoiding the decline of the Monarchs. Chapter 1 is short but explains how interest began. Chapter 2 identifies the Monarch and its lifecycle. Chapter 3 explains other caterpillar or butterflies which are similar. Chapter 4 covers the migration south. Chapter 5 details the perils. Chapter 6 offers options on how you can help. Chapter 7 explains the host and nectar plants. Ten milkweed are listed in detail but more information in the appendix. Chapter 8 talks about the predators with photos of each. Chapter 9 approaches the question if the Monarch is in danger of extinction. The last section are ways to help. The Appendix covers more information to reference.
This book is easy to follow. If you are a novice this has the information you need to get started in building interest in raising Monarchs, milkweed and nectar.
We can all help with the plight of the monarch and it's so easy to do. If you are someone who wants to help the monarch thrive, or a lover of nature, or a teacher/parent wanting to educate children about the delicate balance of the ecosystem or you are a gardener...well, this is the only monarch book you need.