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Way Stations

You’ve probably heard that monarch populations have been on the decline due to significant habitat loss. Specifically, they are losing their larval food source, milkweed, which grows in many of the areas that we humans desire for development. Monarch caterpillars eat only milkeed, and monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed. So... no milkweed means no monarchs! But there is something we can do to help the monarch population recover. We can create suitable habitat for monarchs by planting milkweed and other wildflowers that provide nectar as food for the mature butterflies.Monarch Watch, a nonprofit committed to conserving and restoring monarch habitat (www.monarchwatch.org), has established guidelines for creating monarch habitat through their MonarchWaystation certification program. On November 15, we will be installing approximately 120 milkweed and other nectar source plants in an effort to establish a Monarch Waystation. The waystation will not only provide food and habitat for monarchs (as well as many species of birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators that will utilize it), but it is a great way to get the word out about monarchs and milkweeds. Many people don’t realize that monarchs depend on milkweed for survival. In addition to milkweed, we will also be planting CoreopsisLiatrisRudbeckiaSalviaSolidago and other native wildflowers. If we plant the milkweed, the monarchs are sure to come!      

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