RECENT NEWS OUTLINES THE CRISIS
The Kalamazoo Gazette published an article and video about Wild Ones’ new partnership with Monarch Joint Venture and Bring Back the Monarchs of Monarch Watch. Enjoy the (mostly accurate) interview with Ilse Gebhard, one of KAWO’s founding members and a real Monarch expert.
WHAT’S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED?
A big thank-you to everyone for a very successful Partnership in 2013. Among other efforts, 500 plants reared by K College were planted on their preserve, another 2000 plants reared by WMU were planted in various areas, and 25 Monarch Watch Waystations were registered. See the complete list of accomplishments in KAWO’s 2013 Annual Report, linking here soon.
- In fall 2013 we collected Common, Swamp and Butterfly Milkweed seeds for local distribution in 2014.
- We will continue outreach efforts, promoting milkweed plantings and Monarch Waystation registration.
- We will again grow milkweed plants for distribution at various events throughout the year.
- We will look to partner with community groups and schools to create Monarch Waystations/pollinator gardens by providing milkweed and some funding for native nectar plants.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
If we are going to make a real impact, we all need to participate in some way.
• Make a financial donation to support purchase of plug trays, growing media, or plants. Any amount welcome! Write checks to Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones (KAWO) with a notation for Monarch Committee in the memo line;
• Grow milkweed plants to share with family and friends and to give away at events like plant exchanges. Seeds and instructions available at monthly meetings, or contact Ilse Gebhard (firstname.lastname@example.org);
• Join the Monarch Committee or express an interest in being contacted for tasks; please let Ilse Gebhard know. Sometime this winter we’ll need help transplanting seedlings from seed flats to plug flats (an excellent opportunity to see how native plants are grown in a greenhouse setting);
• Plant milkweed in your yard and register it as a Monarch Watch Waystation—if you haven’t, this would be a great time. Seeds and information available at meetings, or go to www.monarchwatch.org;
• Motivate non-members to plant milkweed on their properties, or share how-to ideas. Ilse Gebhard has a PowerPoint presentation – if you belong to any group looking for programs, please let Ilse know.