The city received two designations recently in its efforts to expand and conserve habitat for monarch butterflies, both as breeding area and migration stopover. Two Rivers was named a Monarch City USA for preserving and expanding areas of milkweed and nectar plants to support the survival and recovery of monarch populations. And the Lester Public Library gardens were designated as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch. Waystations provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.
Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. And without nectar from flowers, these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico.