Paul Snoey has made up ten more packages of milkweed seed in his effort to start a Monarch butterfly program here in Ridgefield. You can pick one up at the hardware store if you’re interested in being part of this project.
Paul says: “About 30 rhizomes of the narrow leafed milkweed were gathered from the gorge. They are planted in my garden and some can be given away if they sprout. There is a strong grass roots effort to help the monarchs. Nurseries are seeing a demand for milkweed plants now and many organizations are pitching in. The population of migratory butterflies that was so low in the winter of 2013-2014 in Mexico saw an increase the next winter. There are signs that the population this winter may be even better.
It’s great that so many people are taking an interest. Having a patch of milkweed and other nectar producing flowers that are kept free of pesticides and herbicides is easy to do. The first person to see a Monarch in Ridgefield should let everyone know. Even better is the first Monarch to be seen laying eggs on a milkweed plant in Ridgefield. That should be the start of establishing colonies here. I’ve pasted a graph from Monarch watch.org showing the severe decline with the low in 2013-2014. The hope is that this coming winter will see an upswing when the survey is completed.” Paul