North Richland Hills Monarch Waystation Program
HELP IS IN YOUR
February's Storm Uri, with its Deep Freeze, Killed Many Host Plants for Pollinators
"We're asking people, even if they've never had a hummingbird feeder before, to get one," said Patsy Inglet, president of the Bexar Audubon Society. "Keep in mind these little guys don't know what the weather's been here, so they're down in the tropics where there's plenty of food, and they're starting to work their way north."
Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies embark on an ambitious migration. They can travel more than 2,800 miles from the US and Canada to overwintering sites in central Mexico. The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it's now threatened by habitat loss in North America.
Milkweeds and nectar sources for pollinators are declining due to development and the widespread use of herbicides in croplands, pastures and roadsides. The use of herbicides and chemicals in farms, cities and home gardens has also created a threat to the food source for these important members of the human food source chain.
OUR NATURE PARTNERS
Did you know that every third bite of food we eat comes to our table courtesy of a pollinator? Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. Could you imagine what would happen if we no longer have fruits and seeds? It makes the very small and very beautiful Monarch butterfly an integral part of human survival! Monarch butterflies, bees and many other pollinators share much of the same habitat, so what happens to monarchs and their food sources happens to all pollinators.
There is something we can do in North Richland Hills, though, that can have a positive effect on preserving our pollinators and can build a future that includes these important nature partners who are vital to our survival and the well-being of our planet.
We invite you to join us
in our NRH Monarch Waystation Program. Whether by supporting or visiting our local city waystations or by creating one in your own backyard, we can work together to assure a bright future for our nature partners.
HELP THEM/HELP US
Milkweed is the only plant on which monarchs lay their eggs and it provides food for their baby caterpillars. But between 1999 and 2010, nearly 60% of milkweed in the Midwest disappeared. Let's work together as a City to help monarchs by creating Monarch Waystations (monarch habitats) in our home gardens, at our schools, businesses, parks, trails, roadsides, and on other unused plots of land. Together we can effect a major effort to restore milkweeds to as many locations as possible, to help bolster the Monarch population.
By creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation you will contribute to monarch conservation, an effort that will help assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon for future generations. You'll also help the Monarchs help us as they continue to pollinate the seeds and fruits necessary for our sustenance.
The City of North Richland Hills
4301 City Point Drive, North Richland Hills, Texas 76180