El Dorado Springs, Mo. – Most people walk onto a prairie in mid-summer and notice lush green growth speckled with purple blazing star spikes and yellow coneflowers. Rick Swopes sees more. He notes what wildflowers were held back by a cold spring and which thrive despite summer drought and sweltering late-July sun. Most importantly, he knows which plant’s seeds are mature and ready to pick for the future of Missouri’s native grasslands.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program came together with the Texas Department of Transportation–Pharr District, Maramec Spring Park, Conservation Federation of Missouri, the James Foundation and the Missouri Department of Conservation to support the expansion of roadside habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. Learn from those in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Missouri who implemented successful roadside habitat projects
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.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Sept. 20, 2022 – Pollinators play a critical role in the production of most fruits and vegetables, and a great way to support them is by planting native plants. Bayer is helping the cause by giving away free native-plant seed packets through a new partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).
The 80-year-old retired dentist and his wife have been working in partnership with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to make their property a haven for pollinators