The Illinois Monarch Project was established to bring together representatives of natural lands, rights-of-way, urban, and agriculture sectors to address the stressors on monarch butterfly habitat, enhance existing habitat on the ground, and plan additional conservation actions for monarch butterfly. The Science Committee is comprised of biological and conservation experts to support Illinois Monarch Project strategy development and implementation. The Science Committee addresses emerging issues and needs related to monarch butterfly and pollinator health and habitat. Milkweed is the sole food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Whenever possible, allow milkweed to flourish along with other nectar sources (wildflowers). This will benefit monarch butterflies and pollinators throughout the growing season. Monarchs lay more eggs on young milkweed and on new growth. This document has been developed to help you maintain areas for the benefit of monarchs and other pollinators using mowing as one management tool. DISCUSSION