Date: 11/29/17 5:37 am
From: 'Seelman, Elizabeth' <eseelman...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Arlington Birds] Nature Walk at Cummings Park
This year we discovered that raising monarchs is not that difficult – their survival rate in the wild is something like 5%. And neighbors took note and came for milkweed seeds – gives a person hope.
Liz Seelman

From: <arlingtonbirds...> [mailto:<arlingtonbirds...>] On Behalf Of 'Diana F.' <diana.fru...> [arlingtonbirds]
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:25 PM
To: MASSBIRD <massbird...>; Arlingtonbirds <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Nature Walk at Cummings Park

Sounds like a good opportunity to help the Monarchs.

Diana Fruguglietti
Nature Walk, December Milkweed Planting Walk
December 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On December 2nd, our monthly nature walk will consist of planting milkweed seeds throughout the park in areas where milkweed does not yet grow. Not only is milkweed a lovely plant with fascinating pods of perfectly folded “parachute” seeds, but it also is essential in the lives of the monarch butterfly, a species in decline.
The monarch is the remarkable species that migrates back to a SINGLE hillside in Mexico annually in vast numbers. The spot is actually protected to keep the migration viable.

But throughout North America, monarchs are in serious decline. The reasons are varied, perhaps having to do with widespread use of pesticide and more intense use of herbicide in farm areas.
What we can do is to encourage this plant to grow and spread at Mary Cummings Park, which can be pesticide-free stopover for migrating butterflies, looking to lay eggs.

Here’s what we will do:

1. Take already gathered and donated milkweed pods and isolate the seeds.
2. Take the seeds to likely areas in the park that currently do not have milkweed growing.
3. Poke holes in the ground with a big steel bar!
4. Close the hole in to protect the seed.
5. Mark each planting area with a post and a sign so we can see if our seeds come up next spring.
6. Photograph each site with iPhone and make<<7Ceseelman...>%7C7acdc52117a74ce0550708d536d0747d%7Cc06a8be784794d73b35193bc9ba8295c%7C0%7C0%7C636475191315688623&sdata=NulWfhS%2FBqFWx%2B3LVSxvXwa3NLB6dn7yGzWMLIBwd7A%3D&reserved=0> a map of the locations.
As always, we go ahead in all weather other than steady rain. You need no special tools except gloves and boots; we supply the tools and seeds.
Hopefully, we can come back in future summer walks and look for monarch butterflies and their caterpillars:
Jon Sachs

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