This is a District 6450 Project.
The monarch butterfly population in North America continues to decline and has reached a critical level. Assisting the Monarch Butterfly project has been encouraged by Rotary International as part of Rotary's newly added 7th Area of Focus.
This project will assist in educating the general public about the need to increase Monarch habitats along the migration route between Canada and Mexico and the need to plant oyamel fir trees in the El Rosario Monarch sanctuary in the mountains of the Mexican state of Michoacan where the monarchs overwinter. The Chicago Little Village Club is sponsoring a float in the Mexican Independence Day Parade and other community outreach events. The boxcar will then continue to Mexico as it approximates the annual migration route. Families will be encouraged to participate in a Butterfly Bingo game that will be distributed with pollinator garden seed packets. Funds from this grant will be used to print Butterfly Bingo cards and for rental expenses for the pledge signing event (tables, chairs, etc.).