Missed the March Meeting? Check out Videos on Monarchs and Mexican Plum

Mexican Plum

Missed the March Meeting? Check out Videos on Monarchs and Mexican Plum

Thanks to the videographic skills of Houston Chapter member Nivien Saleh, we have videos of the two presentations from the March 2017 meeting that featured the following presentations:

Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas – Creating a Monarch Waystation by Cathy Downs

Texas provides critical habitat on the primary migration pathway of Monarchs to and from their wintering grounds in Mexico. The availability of spring native milkweed host plants, essential to assure successive generations continuing north, has declined in Texas along the migratory flyway. Abundant fall nectar plants, essential for increasing fat content for the long overwintering period of Monarchs heading south for the winter, have also declined. This has happened through development and agricultural practices as well as other issues. Learn how Texans can help in the effort to create and restore Monarch habitat.

Cathy Downs has worked with butterfly conservation and habitat since she became a Hill Country Chapter Master Naturalist in 2005. She partnered with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Conservation Specialist in 2012. Cathy currently chairs the Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas (BBMT) program for Native Plant Society of Texas (www.npsot.org) and is a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project educator (www.mlmp.org).

Plant of the Month – Mexican Plum (Prunus Mexicana) with presentation by James Holmes

This is the common wild plum of the forest-prairie border from Missouri and eastern Kansas
to Texas. The fruit can be eaten fresh and can be made into preserves. The fruit is also consumed by birds and mammals.This species has served as a stock for grafting cultivated varieties of plums.

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