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Now Available–Doug Tallamy’s Presentations on DVD

Jam1st : April 18, 2014 2:50 pm : Chapter Happenings!, Landscaping with Native Plants, Pollinators, What's New, Wild for Monarchs

DVD screen_Page_1They’ve finally arrived.  Just the DVD you’ve been waiting for – “The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden.”

The DVD is in two parts.  Part 1: “The Value of Having Native Plants in our Yards” and Part 2: “Creating Healthy, Biodiverse Neighborhood Corridors” with the added bonus of the Wild Ones song written and sung by folksinger Steve Hazell.

Go to the Wild Store for details: http://www.wildones.org/product/miscellaneous/doug-tallamy-presentations-dvd/

This DVD is available online and at the WILD Center.

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Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a butterfly.” – Anonymous

Monarch Caterpillar on Butterfly Milkweed

Monarch Caterpillar on Butterfly Milkweed. Photo by Betty Hall

At the 2012 Wild Ones Annual Membership Meeting, the membership voted to partner with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs program to help the monarchs and their migration.

As a result of that meeting, Wild Ones established a committee which spent the next eight months developing information, materials, presentations and contacts which officially became the Wild for Monarchs campaign.  The campaign is designed to harness the power of our national membership and 50 local chapters to educate and advocate for the monarchs and the native plants that support the monarch population and their migration.

Monarch Migration in Danger

If you would like to read more information about the monarchs and their migration, please go to our monarch migration in danger webpage. Here you’ll find information and links to other good resources and websites.

Moving For Monarchs

Moving for Monarchs GwyneddMoving for Monarchs (M4M) is a dance, film and photography project to “save the world one butterfly at a time.”  Wild Ones is pleased to be able to participate in the production of this film, by providing a habitat for filming.  This summer producer Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch and film crew will descend on the WILD Center to film a portion of the second segment of M4M “Dance of Life.”  Plan to join us for the community event associated with the filming, or send us your ”Monarch Move” Submission to be considered for use in the “Dance of Life.”

What Wild Ones is Doing About It

The Wild for Monarchs committee has done a superb job in developing materials to educate the public about the native plants that monarchs need to thrive and to survive their migration.  This webpage includes the Wild For Monarchs campaign materials, including a list of plants that should be in your yard.  Here you will also find some of the very excellent articles carried in the Wild Ones Journal about the awesome monarch butterfly.  Please read What Wild Ones Is Doing About It  to learn more.monarchs

What You Can Do To Help

Yes, everyone can do something to help the monarch.  Here are some things you can do to help in your own yard, your city, county or state.  Saving milkweed seed for Monarch Watch’s Milkweed Market is a big something you can do to help also.  Here is a list by state of the seed Monarch Watch is looking for Milkweed Needed By State 2013.  Use the label included under Milkweed Basics to successful ship your seed to Monarch Watch.   You too can be Wild for Monarchs.  To purchase milkweed plugs through Monarch Watch go to Monarch Watch Milkweed Market

To find a local supplier of milkweed seed through Xerces Society go to Milkweed Seed Finder

Wild Ones Butterfly Garden Recognition Program

Welcome to the Wild Ones Native Plant Butterfly Garden or Habitat Recognition Program.  All Wild Ones members are welcome to certify their hard work and become a recognized through their Native Plant Butterfly Garden.

Can you answer yes to these questions?

  1. Are you a Wild Ones member?
  2. Is your garden or habitat at least two years old?
  3. Does your garden or habitat contain at least 75% native plants?yard-sign

If you answered “yes” to these questions and your garden or habitat is certified Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch or registered as a Butterfly Garden through North American Butterfly Association, you can quickly be recognized by the Wild Ones Butterfly Garden/Habitat program.

If you are a Wild Ones member and have not been certified previously by either Monarch Watch or North American Butterfly Association, but your garden is at least two years old and you have 75% native plants in your habitat or garden, you can still be recognized by the Wild Ones Butterfly Garden/Habitat program.  It just takes a little longer to fill out the registration form.

If you are not a member of Wild Ones, but would like to join and have your garden recognized by Wild Ones, here is a link to the Join us and become a Wild One and be Wild for Monarchs.  Once you’ve joined, you can complete the rest of the requirements and become recognized by the Wild Ones Butterfly Garden/Habitat program.

As part of your successful registration, you will receive a colorful Aluminum sign to post in your garden to let everyone know you are helping butterflies.

Awesome Activities For Kids

Here is a list of activities that you can do with kids to help them learn about the monarchs.  If you have any additional items that could be posted here, please email: monarchs@wildones.org.

Have you or your children ever seen butterfly airplanes in your yard?  in your garden?  Then you’ll love this book by Joan Calder entitled Airplanes in the Garden.  Written in a format easily understood by children, the illustrations are also awesome.  Order yours now from the Wild Ones Wild Store.  Just $20 which includes shipping and handling.  http://www.wildones.org/wild-ones-store/product-category/books/

Milkweed, Monarchs and More – a Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch by Ba Rea, Karen Oberhauser and Michael A. Quinn is a beautiful book about milkweed and the invertebrates that depend on milkweed, including monarchs.  If this is the guide for you, go to  https://www.monarchlab.org/store/p-59-the-enlarged-and-updated-second-edition-of-milkweed-monarchs-more.aspx to purchase this large format, 79 page book.

Wild Ones “Celebrate the Monarch” Photos
Wild Ones Photo Contest has a special category year titled “Celebrate the Monarch.” Check out these great photos.  Watch for other awesome photos which we will post from time to time.

Monarch Joint Venture

Monarch Joint VentureMonarch Joint Venture is comprised of some 13 partners who all are focused on preserving the Monarch butterfly. Monarch Joint Venture will work throughout the U.S. to conserve and protect monarch populations and their migratory phenomena by implementing science-based habitat conservation and restoration measures in collaboration with multiple stakeholders.

The partners in the joint venture are:

For more information on Monarch Joint Venture and its partners, check out their website: www.monarchjointventure.org

Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs Program


Wild Ones is pleased to be partnering with the Monarch Watch (MW) Bring Back the Monarchs program (BBTM) which has the primary focus of gathering and propagating seed in an effort to increase the milkweed population throughout the United States. BBTM is concentrating on the 21 most common species.

We encourage everyone to help us out with this effort by gathering milkweed seed in authorized locations, cleaning the seed, preparing appropriate labels and sending it into Monarch Watch for future use. Click here for additional details

Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs www.monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs






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