How to Grow Grass & Save Monarch Butterflies

Published Apr 14, 2014

If you see this butterfly in the forest, please take a long nap.  Thank you.

If you see this butterfly in the forest, please take a long nap. Thank you.

Naturalist Ina Warren from Brevard, North Carolina, will present a multi-media program at The Cradle of Forestry in America titled "Make Way for Monarchs" on Saturday April 19th at 2:00 p.m. The presentation will center on this year's record low populations of monarch butterflies.

Ina will distribute free samples of locally native milkweed seeds and she'll discuss ways to grow native milkweeds -- the sole larval food source of monarch butterflies -- and nectar-rich plant species for adult butterflies.

At 1:00 p.m., Cradle of Forestry interpreter Devin Gentry presents: "Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow?" He will address a continuing project to convert selected lawn areas around the Cradle's Forest Discovery Center to native landscaping. This effort to sustain the interdependence between plants and pollinators, including monarchs, can be duplicated by homeowners.

"Make Way for Monarchs" is part of a national spring tour of speakers providing monarch education programs around the 50th anniversary of the death of Rachel Carson (1907-1964). Carson's landmark work, Silent Spring, first alerted the public to the dangers associated with the widespread use of chemical pesticides.

Summer breeding habitats for monarchs have been diminished or lost due to untargeted or excessive herbicide use, among other factors. The loss of overwintering habitat in Mexico has also affected populations.

With Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, Ina is co-facilitator of a new initiative, "Make Way for Monarchs: A Milkweed-Butterfly Recovery Alliance" which brings scientists, farmers, naturalists, writers, artists and other change makers to the monarch conservation table.

The public is invited to read those extensive articles by clicking here.

Following the monarch program, the one-hour documentary on Rachel Carson's life, "A Sense of Wonder" will be shown, courtesy of the N.C. Bartram Trail Society.

Click Here for Info on "A Sense of Wonder"

The Cradle of Forestry

  • Hours: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Admission is $5.00 for adults, free for youth under age 16. Golden Age and America the Beautiful passes are honored.
  • Location: The Cradle is located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina, on US Highway 276, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Click Here for the Cradle of Forestry in America

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