Tuesday, May 29, 2018

WI activists making June 3rd an easy day to help the land

There's an inviting green line connecting Wauwatosa to Sheboygan this Sunday. Enjoy the coincidence. Bring the kids.

To a great June 3rd opportunity to meet people trying to save public land inside and a nature preserve outside Kohler Andrae State Park you can add a same-day chance to enrich the Monarch butterfly habitat on the disappearing public Milwaukee County Grounds.
These beauties were released a couple of years at the Monarch Trail.
Monarch Trail Annual Plant Sale set for June 3, 2018
Monarch butterflies, bumble bees, other native bees and even honeybees are in trouble. They need pesticide-free plots of the plants they love for sipping nectar, collecting pollen and raising their young. And surprisingly, urban and suburban areas are becoming a last refuge for some of our beloved pollinators.

Join the Friends of the Monarch Trail on the Milwaukee County Grounds from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, for a chance to dive in and do your part by purchasing native plants that support pollinators. The sale site is the Milwaukee County Parks Department headquarters building, 9480 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Enter off Discovery Parkway and watch for the signs.

The sale will feature several milkweed varieties, the only family of plants on which monarchs can rear their young, as well as wildflowers known to attract adult monarchs and bees for their nectar. You won’t find these species at other plant sales or garden centers.

As an added attraction, see live butterfly caterpillars munching their host plants and talk to an expert with 20 years of experience growing 16 different kinds of milkweed.

This plant sale also helps fund the efforts of the Friends of the Monarch Trail to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat on the Milwaukee County Grounds. Additional donations are welcome.

Once again:

What: The Monarch Trail Annual Plant Sale

When: Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018

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