During the 2021-2022 overwintering season, 10 colonies of Monarch Butterflies covered 2.835 hectares (ha) of forest, which represents a 35% increase from 2020 (2.10 ha). Because it is impossible to count each butterfly, a survey is conducted to measure the area of forest the monarchs occupy each winter in their hibernation colonies, in Mexico, providing an indicator of their population status.
Girl Scout Troop 1791 recently established a 2,000-square-foot pollinator garden with thirty native plant species in Veterans Tribute Park in St. Charles County, MO. The Troop consists of eight fifth-graders passionate about making a difference. To combat the decline of native pollinator populations, the girls decided to support pollinators through habitat creation. Their goal is that the garden will provide shelter and nectaring sources for pollinators and create an educational opportunity for park visitors.
If you're managing your native habitats and removing garlic mustard, be on the lookout for garlic mustard aphids. These aphids were found last year in Ohio and seem to cause the invasive plant harm. Read the post from the Midwest Invasive Plant Network for more information and what actions to take.We are calling all citizen scientists to be on the lookout for garlic mustard aphids (Lipaphis alliariae). These garlic mustard specialists, originally from Europe, were recently detected by staff at Holden Forests and Gardens in Ohio. Because these aphids may help control invasive garlic mustard plants, there is an effort to map their distribution. The aphid seems to negatively affect the plants by creating twisted seed pods (siliques) and a wrinkled effect on the leaves. Visit www.mipn.org/ for instructions on how to report your observations to EDDMapS and help with this effort. ... See MoreSee Less