The National Wildlife Federation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services initiated an effort to save the butterfly population by creating the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge
. The campaign calls on government leaders to commit to specific actions in their communities to protect the threatened butterfly.
Texas A&M researcher and butterfly enthusiast Craig Wilson introduced the operation to College Station Mayor Nancy Berry and Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski, who signed the pledge in January.
To honor the promise, the City of College Station is creating a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at Lick Creek Park and a butterfly trail near the new Lick Creek Nature Center. In addition, mowing schedules have been altered to allow milkweed to grow, and milkweed and other plants that benefit pollinators are being placed in community and school gardens to educate and engage our citizens.
The College Station Parks & Recreation Department is collaborating with Keep Brazos Beautiful and the A&M Garden Club to help restore and conserve the declining population. More than 50 pounds of milkweed seed has been planted at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex, Richard Carter Park, Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, Memorial Cemetery, and the Aggie Field of Honor.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We encourage everyone with a bit of a spare garden space to plant native milkweed and other nectar-producing plants. Becoming part of this community effort will help one of the great wonders of nature continue and will give you a front row seat to watch the spectacular metamorphosis and migration.HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
Download our checklist on how to start your butterfly garden!---> Checklist
- Prime time for planting milkweed is early spring and fall.
- Pick a spot with lots of sunshine.
- Light soils are better than those with heavy clay.
- Gardens need a combination of milkweed and nectar plants such as Black-Eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers, and Joe-Pye Weed.
- Make sure your garden is pesticide free.
- Look for the monarch caterpillar in spring and early fall.
DON'T HAVE GARDEN SPACE?
Register to start a butterfly garden in one of our neighborhood or community parks. Download and email Monarch Community Waystation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you ready to do your part? Stop by Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd. on weekdays between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to receive two free milkweed seed packets per household. Seed packets will cover more than 20 square feet.
Watch for the monarchs in March until the beginning of summer! The tiny airborne travels will be making their annual migration and flying through the Brazos Valley this fall! Parks & Recreation blogs about the approaching monarch migration and what you can do to help them along on their journey. For more information --->Click Here BEE CREEK PARK DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
Visit the butterfly garden along Bee Creek Park Trail (1900 Anderson Street).
A concerned group of community partners has joined to form Butterflies in the Brazos to help restore the monarch population by planting milkweed and other nectar-producing plants in community and neighborhood parks.---> Bee Creek Park Butterfly GardenRICHARD CARTER PARK DEMONSTRATION GARDEN
The A&M Garden Club hosted a Wildseed Planting Day, or “Seed Stomping” as the A&M Garden Club President Helen Quinn nicknamed it, at Richard Carter Park on October 21 to support Butterflies in the Brazos and the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. Organizations involved include; The A&M Garden Club, College Station Parks & Recreation, Texas A&M Entomology Graduate Students Organization, KBB, La Villita Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. This Wildscape and No Mow Zone at Carter Park will be a great addition of an area for pollinators to support Butterflies in the Brazos.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
---> Butterflies in the Brazos-Facebook ---> Pollinator Partnership- Register your site---> How to Save the Monarch ---> Plants that Attract Butterflies
---> Former First Lady and 'Monarch Wrangler' Laura Bush ---> Parks for Monarchs ---> Butterfly Heroes---> All Things Milkweed
---> A&M Garden Club ---> Brazos Valley Texas Master Naturalist---> Daughters of the American Revolution, La Villita Chapter ---> Keep Brazos Beautiful ---> Monarch Gateway
For more information, call 979.764.3486, email email@example.com
or visit the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office, located at 1000 Krenek Tap Road in College Station.
Hallie KutchMarketing Staff Assistant