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An Opportunity to Help the Monarch Butterfly

 Most of you may have seen or read that pollinator populations across the country are in decline, including the Monarch Butterfly. A reduction in the number of milkweed plants in Ohio and surrounding states and a loss of wintering habitat due to logging, weather and human encroachment have contributed to the population decline of the Monarch Butterfly.

There are ways that we can help, even in Darke County. Starting on September 1st through October 31st, the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be collecting seed pods from the Common Milkweed plant. The Monarch relies on the milkweed plant as a host plant, to lay eggs and as a food source. Whether as an individual, or a group, you can make a difference in the Monarch Butterfly population by collecting these seed pods once they have matured and have turned a greenish-yellow or yellowish-brown and ready to burst open. Once collected, the seed pods will be sent away to be dried and cleaned. A portion of the seed will be sent back to Darke County to be incorporated with other seed mixes that will be planted for pollinator species.

If you would like to help, please call the Darke SWCD office at 937.548.1752, visit our website www.darkeswcd.com, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out where the seed pods can be dropped off.


 
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