If you plant it, they will come....
MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER
MONARCH PROGRAM AND MILKWEED SALE
You can buy your milkweed on the City of Hagerstown's website at http://www.hagerstownmd.org/637/Kiwanis-Park. And you can pick up the plants at Kiwanis Park the day of our Monarch Educational Program on May 20 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
We will have experts on hand to discuss this years monarch migration (see below), how to install a monarch waystation, and a children's table that includes monarch face painting.
I hope to see lots of you out there.
Then the following week you can buy your perennial nectar plants at Sunny Meadows Garden Center on Sharpsburg Pike on May 27 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is a new event based on the success of last year's fall sale at Sunny Meadows. Our plant specialists -James Dillon, Ann Aldrich and Larry Stritch, went over the plant list from last year and improved it. You can buy all the plants that we have at Kiwanis Park and more. THIS WILL ALSO BE A FUNDRAISER, SO COME AND SPEND MONEY FOR MONARCHS. The plants will be in quart containers at $5 per container.
THIS YEAR'S MONARCH MIGRATION
The monarchs started hitting Texas around mid-March. People in Texas reporting seeing substantial numbers of monarchs and egg laying. Sort of a record busting spring. Then strong winds carried the monarchs north beyond Oklahoma and into what is commonly thought of as the summer breeding area. This occurred in late March and April. The monarchs spread throughout much of the summer breeding area, some to places before the milkweed emerged to support the female egg laying. I have seen pictures of monarchs "dumping" eggs on milkweed shortly after it has emerged from the ground. Undoubtedly, many of the cats that emerge from these milkweeds will not survive.
Chip Taylor, the director of Monarch Watch, says that the numbers of monarchs that arrive in Mexico each year are largely determined by the success of the spring breeding season in Texas and Oklahoma. But he has also said that the weather forecasts for the year look pretty good. So where does that leave us? We will have to see. The cats that develop this spring in the northern breeding areas will probably take a hit, possibly compensated by favorable weather for the year.
It is another story why there were so many monarchs reaching Texas this spring. Talk to me at the Monarch Educational Program on May 20, and I'll tell you.
TMA ANNUAL MEETING
WE HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY
In addition, Ann Alrich and I have been working with the Washington County Parks Department on a Monarch Waystation at Camp Harding at Big Pool, have had discussions with Maryland State Highways, and Chris Tawney and I have looked over a possible meadow project on C&O Canal propery near Clearspring.
May is also turning into a busy time of the year, with a high school Environmental Expo program in Frederick county, Greenfest in Boonsboro, a program at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, and our milkweed sale and educational program at Kiwanis Park and Sunny Meadows the end of May.
That's all for now. Have a great spring and come to our May 20 program at Kiwanis Park. AND BUY MILKWEED and PERENNIALS. We don't raise money so these fund raisers are important for us.