The Rio Grande International Study Center has been committed to protecting the Monarch butterfly from extinction. Factors like deforestation and climate change have caused the monarch population to decline a staggering 90%.
We work to protect the Monarch by providing vital habitat at our series of pollinator gardens around Laredo.
We maintain these gardens on the first Saturday of every month with the help of dozens of volunteers.
These gardens serve as a sanctuary for the monarchs to rest and refuel as they pass through Laredo along their phenomenal 3,000-mile migration to Mexico.
Unfortunately, due to the severe winter storms last month, our gardens have suffered some damage, and most of our plants have died.
The monarch butterfly, bees, and other critical pollinators depend on habitats rich in native flowering plants to survive. In fact, scientists estimate that if we don’t step in to help, this iconic species could completely disappear in the next 20 years.
Please donate today to help us get new plants in the ground at all of our gardens, and save the monarchs!