Nectar Connectors campaign

Let's check in on your reports of flowering of Nectar Connectors species!

Your observations will help resource managers like the US Fish & Wildlife Service take necessary steps to conserve and promote habitat for monarchs and other pollinators.

We are looking for high quality photos of flower buds and open flowers for Nectar Connectors species! Send your photos to and your photo could be featured in our next message.
Pineneedle milkweed flowers or flower buds and open flowers
What you are reporting on nectar plants
You are reporting on nectar plants at 119 sites so far this year. The map below shows the most commonly observed species across the country. The colors of the dots correspond to the names of the species across the top. Green outlines indicate the observer of that site has submitted data for more than one species. The darker dots represent sites with more data submitted.
In the Southeast, you are reporting flowering of butterfly milkweed, swamp milkweed, and eastern baccharis.
You started reporting flowers or flower buds and open flowers on butterfly milkweed in early January. Swamp milkweed started flowering in April.
In the Southwest, you are reporting flowering of spider milkweed, pineneedle milkweed, and lanceleaf tickseed.
You started reporting flowering of lanceleaf tickseed in February, pineneedle milkweed in March, and spider milkweed in April.
In our next message, we'll check in on flowering reports in northern states. Don't forget to upload your data so that your observations are included in the summary!

Earn your Nectar Connectors badge! You can earn this badge by observing a nectar species once a week for six separate weeks in the same year. See it on your Observation Deck .

Thank you for your contributions to this important project!
Erin Posthumus