Proposed project would help MonarchsBy Bill Hopkins on July 31, 2012
Discussions are underway regarding a joint project between Monarch Watch and the Native Plant Society of Texas that would help restore to their native range milkweed species that are used as food by monarch caterpillars and would encourage the planting of nectar-producing flowers to support adult monarchs.
Under the terms of the project, the Society would pay growers to start native milkweed seedlings, which would then be distributed to nature centers, to our chapters and through other channels for planting or resale. The Society would provide volunteer labor to collect seed, plant, advise and coordinate distribution of plants.
Funding is being sought from grants and donations. Lonnie Childs, Society President, said that $15,000 to $20,000 will need to be raised to fully fund the project.
A similar small-scale project was conducted in 2011 with one grower.
Monarch Watch is a 20-year-old organization based in Kansas that is dedicated to preserving Monarch butterflies.