Missouri Chapter

Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

Earth Day in Eldon - Protect the Monarch Butterflies

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

by Ben Duffield

Join the Sierra Club on April 22 for an Earth Day action in Eldon to protect Monarch butterfly habitat from senseless destruction. 

Earth Day will begin at 3:00 PM and continue until sunset - the assembly area will be south of the Eldon Rough Riders horse arena and west from State Highway 87. Access point on State Highway 87 is located less than 100 yards north of the junction with Business Highway 54.

The Sierra Club desires to have photographs of most or all attending protesters to be included in the ELDON MISSOURI AIRPORT WETLAND DESTRUCTION Facebook page. We also desire those photographed to hold the protest banner (same as the accompanying placard), or their individually prepared banner, during photography. Bring your own camera if you desire. NEITHER BEING PHOTOGRAPHED NOR HOLDING A BANNER IS MANDATORY FOR ANY ATTENDEES.

For those wishing to be photographed and included in the Facebook page, please forward individual and/or group names along with city of residence to duffieldben@yahoo.com for future insertion.

We assume groups will filter into the wetland during the afternoon and evening. However, we will attempt to have the largest group photograph at 5:00 PM, if that opportunity easily affords itself.

Attendees can also attend the Eldon City Council meeting at 6:00 PM and voice their disappointment at past environmental destruction or encourage them to do otherwise.

You can learn more information below.


The eastern flock of the monarch butterfly is the longest insect migration in the world. Flight path of the Midwest migration extends from the vicinity of Mexico City northward to Winnipeg, Canada. Mexican wintering grounds have been declared a United Nations World Heritage Site. Straight line distance from Mexico City to Winnipeg is approximately 2,400 miles.

The complete annual migration of about 4,800 miles takes around nine months. The overwintered flock begins leaving Mexico at the end of February. Migration continues northward through spring and summer until a week before the summer solstice in June. Southward migration begins in mid-August and is complete by early December.

The East Coast component of the eastern flock travels even further than the Midwest component. It veers eastward in eastern Texas and Louisiana to eventually fly northward along the Eastern Seaboard to the State of Maine and southern Canadian provinces.

After leaving Mexico, the first generation is produced several hundred miles south of Missouri. On May 14, 2011, a monarch butterfly larvae was observed and photographed on a common milkweed plant one mile north of the Eldon Airport Wetland. Likewise, a southbound adult monarch butterfly was seen and photographed on the same location on September 21, 2013.

Eldon Airport Wetland is especially suited for monarch butterfly larvae because of the large presence of swamp milkweed. It should be used as a monarch butterfly waystation facilitating both spring and fall migration.

Wetland is slated for further mowing destruction in 2014 by Eldon city government. Please get involved to help stop this senseless destruction.  Please contact Ben Duffield (duffieldben@yahoo.com) if you wish to assist.  More detailed information can be found in at the ELDON MISSOURI AIRPORT WETLAND DESTRUCTION Facebook page.


Website Section: