The Local Motives duo Nate Murray and Cody Pfister traveled to Oklahoma and Chicago to learn how climate change is affecting monarch butterflies. As the growing season gets longer, milkweed and other plants are blooming later into the year, which can confuse the butterflies. Find out how gardening with native plants can help both monarchs and people adapt to climate change in this video.

A monarch butterfly sits perched on a native milkweed plant which serves as a critical host plant for monarchs and their larvae. (Photo: Courtesy of Cody Pfister)

Every few weeks, Yale Climate Connections will share a new video from Local Motives. This “On the Road” video web series showcases local perspectives on the challenges and solutions associated with climate change. It is the production of two friends, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveling across the 50 states seeking to establish an authentic conversation about the impacts of climate change.

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Samantha Harrington, Associate Editor of Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer, with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. "Sam" is especially interested in sharing...