Thursday, April 15, 2010

Earth Day is soon - plant Milkweed!

 Earth Day is just a week away. Learn something new and see how you can make the world a better place to live. Love the great outdoors? Well, there is something you can do to make your yard more wildlife friendly. The number of monarch butterflies are dwindling, but you can help them by planting milkweed, plants in the Asclepias family. Here is a link to a segment from 12News Valley Dish yesterday where you can learn how to create a monarch butterfly rest stop in your yard:

Join these upcoming events to learn more about monarch butterflies:

Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior 
Sunday Monarch Butterfly Lecture - And New Asclepias Plants!
April 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Just in! As of Tuesday we have at least four varieties of Asclepias plants you can purchase and plant Sunday following Gail Morris' Monarch Butterfly lecture. Lynnea Spencer and Preston Cox just stocked-up with Pine Leaf Milkweed (A. linaria), Desert Milkweed (A. subulata), Butterfly Milkweed (A. tuberosa) and Bloodflower (A. curassavica) for members and visitors to bring home and plant in order to help restore Monarch butterfly populations (potted milkweed plants will range from $5-$10 each). Colorful Monarchs are a garden delight -- and the seemingly delicate insects' mysterious migration is an international puzzle to scientists. Monarch numbers have plummeted  over the past year, according to Chandler resident and BTA Member Gail Morris, but Arizona residents can plant milkweed species to encourage Monarchs to lay eggs and rebuild their populations. Learn more about these regal insects during a one-hour slideshow in our Smith Building Lecture Room. The talk is free for our annual members; for nonmembers the presentation is included with regular daily admission of $7.50 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12. At the end of the slideshow we will have a planting demonstration so you can ask your milkweed planting questions.
For more information see:
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival in Cottonwood, AZ
Workshop:  Arizona’s Monarch by Gail Morris
Saturday, April 24    

10:30am – 11:30am Cost: $5
This year the World Wildlife Fund declared the Monarch butterflies’ migration ‘an endangered phenomena’ primarily due to loss of habitat. Some scientists feel if nothing changes, the monarch will lose their magnificent migration within 25 years. Are there monarchs in Arizona? You bet! The Southwest Monarch study tagged over 2,000 in 2009. Learn first-hand how we can help preserve the monarch migration directly from Gail Morris of the Southwest Monarch Study. She will be bringing free milkweed seed packets for anyone who wants to plant them to secure a monarch habitat on their flyway through Arizona.

For more information about the festival see:

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