A Web site devoted to the conservation of native plants, from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Native plants are an essential component in the biodiversity that sustains life on Earth. It is imperative that we improve their situation, and we can do so by understanding them better, actively fostering and conserving them, and sharing information.
Stimulating interested citizens to take action towards biodiversity conservation is the ultimate goal of this Web site. This goal is shared by a larger initiative, of which the site is a component: In 2002, the Canadian Centre for Biodiversity at the Canadian Museum of Nature, with the assistance of The Salamander Foundation, initiated Best Stewardship Practices at the Community Level: Enhancing Native Plant Biodiversity. The aim of this initiative is to improve understanding of native plant diversity and facilitate the sharing of information. It does so by encouraging communication, networking and collaboration among diverse groups and active individuals who are involved in environmental stewardship in their communities.
The Canadian Museum of Nature's Canadian Centre for Biodiversity is proud to present this Web site, which was generously funded by The Salamander Foundation.
Milkweed is known for its significance to monarchs as a food source and cocoon host. Ducks and other waterfowl also eat the seeds, in small amounts. Birds use the fluffy hairs to line their nests. Many insects are attracted by the nectar. The plant is poisonous to many other animals. Several insect species that feed on the plant retain the poison, thus acquiring protection from predators. The poison is toxic to people only in large quantities. Edible parts must be properly cooked beforehand. There are at least 100 species of milkweed, Asclepias sp.