Just like your car needs fuel, Monarch butterflies need a place to eat and rest every spring during their northward migration. Shell is working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Wildlife Habitat Council and the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund to include plants and shelters to “refuel” butterflies on their migratory path. Recently, Shell has continued work with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in awarding grants from the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund to restore and enhance over 12,000 acres of pollinator habitat.
When people think of the term pollinators, they probably think of bees and humming birds. Monarch butterflies and many other insects also play an important role in pollinating plants, which is critical to our food supply. According to the Wildlife Habitat Council, pollinators are vital to the health and economy of the world, propagating wild flowering plants as well as many agricultural crops. Insect pollination is vital to food security, contributing to at least 35% of the world’s food production and pollinating many other plants needed for beverages, fibers, medicines and spices. Yet the monarch butterfly population has decreased by 80% in the last twenty years in a large part to habitat loss.
“Houston is right on the ‘Central Flyway’ to migrating butterflies and birds,” said Nancy Tootle, External Relations Manager – US ER Social Investment.
“By creating a food source and setting up temporary shelters like the Monarch Migration Station, we can do our part to help these pollinators continue their journey, give them a safe place to create the next generation of Monarchs, and help ensure a safe food supply for all of us.”
Shell employees also received information on how they can create pollinator gardens in their backyards and patios.
Shell Woodcreek is a certified “Wildlife at Work” location by the Wildlife Habitat Council. Successful Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Certification programs have been proven to provide substantial benefits to communities. For example, rather than plant and maintain acres of lawn, using natural plants has decreased land management costs at Shell Woodcreek while providing food and shelter for all types of pollinators. The certification demonstrates Shell’s long-term commitment to managing quality habitat for wildlife, conservation education, community and outreach initiatives.