As the decline of pollinator populations continue, the risk for these insects and animals is becoming more and more apparent. With this information becoming newsworthy, Environmental Education in Georgia has revealed that the Fernbank Science Center is now accepting milkweed seeds from those able to collect the seed pods from surrounding areas. If citizens are able to collect and ship the milkweed seeds, those new plants will be put towards replenishing the habitats of vital pollinators.
The monarch overwintering sites located in Mexico have been reported to be at an all-time low during the winter of 2013. One factor could be due to the upkeep of large farms where herbicides and pesticides kill milkweed in the United States, which monarchs require for reproduction. As milkweeds are the only location monarchs will lay their eggs, and the only source of food for the larvae when they hatch, the preservation of milkweeds is very important. Similarly, Georgia’s habitats are rare and not sufficient for large populations of monarch butterflies. The citizen initiative to send in these milkweed seeds will help with native plants of Georgia in upcoming years. The Fernbank Science Center is partnering on the project with Monarch Watch that will help propagate these native species. Obtaining these seeds can revitalize the habitats of monarchs across Greater Atlanta and the outskirts of Georgia.
–Please visit this website to help you identify your Georgia Native Milkweed!
Here are a few tips, provided by Environmental Education in Georgia, for maximizing the benefit of your milkweed packaging.
If you, or anyone you know, could help with the collection of milkweed seeds in Georgia, the Fernbank Science Center ask that you include:
Your Name, Street Address, Email, Date, County, State where the seed was collected, and Species.
Send seeds to contact:
Trecia Neal, Fernbank Science Center, Milkweed Seeds, 156 Heaton Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
On behalf of the Monarchs of Georgia, The Fernbank Science Center, and Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership thank you for your assistance and participation!
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