Free “Make Way for Monarchs” Poster

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Graphic design, Posters, Recent projects | 2 Comments
illustration of MakeWayforMonarchs PaulMirocha poster1 Free Make Way for Monarchs Poster

Download and print your own free Make Way for Monarchs poster. It’s designed to print for about a dollar at any quick printer, like Kinkos or OfficeMax, using a laser printer. The image is 12 x 18 inches. Ask the printer to trim it down to have it bleed to the edges of the paper. They will probably do it while you wait.

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES: they are identi­fi­able by any school child. And they are common as robins and daisies, right? Not neces­sarily. Don’t take anything beautiful for granted.

Scientists have documented a 90% decline in numbers of this iconic species since the mid-1990s. Part of this is because of over-use of herbi­cides on farms, yards, and roadsides that kill the monarch caterpillar’s only food source. Maybe this beautiful plant, an essen­tial part of our ecosystem, suffers just from having the word “weed” as part of its name.

Monarch butter­flies migrate annually thousands of miles from food and milkweed host-plants sources in North America as far north as the Canadian border, to their winter gathering grounds in the southern Mexican state of Michuacan. See a map I made of the Monarch migra­tion routes.

The idea behind the poster design is to connect monarchs with milkweeds in the minds of people from govern­ment officials, to farmers, to people maintaining their yards, to school kids. Monarchs don’t just fly around on their own, uncon­nected to anything else. They are connected to every­thing, especially to milkweeds. Monarchs and Milkweeds have one of nature’s long-term relationships.

By protecting stands of Milkweeds from over-spraying, and also planting them in desig­nated safe places, we can restore this link in the butterfly life cycle.

I designed and illus­trated this poster for MakeWayforMonarchs​.org as part of a national campaign to encourage people to not only protect, but actually plant milkweeds. Based on a letter to President Barack Obama drafted by the “Group of 50”, Gary P. Nabhan, noted author, scien­tist and organizer of the Monarch campaign, was invited to the White House on April 29 for a meeting aimed at gaining multi-agency govern­ment support for a monarch recovery initiative.

As the letter says:

As monarch biolo­gists, polli­na­tion ecolo­gists, science educa­tors, farmers and non-profit leaders, we are grateful that the leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada have already pledged to work together to protect the monarch butterfly and its incred­ible migra­tion as a symbol of inter­na­tional coöper­a­tion. We recog­nize that the popula­tion trends of the monarch butterfly can only be reversed through the collec­tive actions of federal and state govern­ment agencies, private landowners, non-govern­mental organi­za­tions, land trusts, and other land managers.

A hundred copies of this poster will go with Gary to Washington.

Download your own free Make Way for Monarchs poster. It’s designed to print for about a dollar at any quick printer, like Kinkos or OfficeMax, using a laser printer. The image is 12 x 18 inches. Ask the printer to trim it down to have it bleed to the edges of the paper. They will probably do it while you wait.

 

2 Comments

  1. Karen Hurtubise
    October 24, 2014

    Thank you for this wonderful poster design. Will share with our commu­nity in Western a north Carolina. We are very concerned about the Monarchs and are promoting the culti­va­tion and protec­tion of milkweeds.

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  2. Charles Westfall
    June 18, 2014

    Where do the Mazsula people in the documen­tary live in Mexico? I and my wife want to travel and see this November.

    Reply

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