Butterfly Conservation In Our Backyard
Tucked away behind the office of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a simple little garden that is making a big contribution to butterfly conservation. As the natural habitat of butterflies is being altered and drastically reduced, gardens are needed to provide butterflies the resources they need throughout their annual cycle of reproduction and migration. Blue Heronís Butterfly Garden provides a selection of native plants that meets the needs and preferences of these beautiful insects.
Recently, Blue Heronís butterfly garden was certified as a Monarch Waystation by "Monarch Watch", a conservation program of The University of Kansas. Each fall hundreds of millions of monarchs migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California. This monarch migration is considered one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Blue Heron is proud to help assure the continuation of the monarch migration in North America. As a Monarch Waystation the garden must provide milkweed, other nectar plants, and shelter. For more information about this conservation effort visit www.monarchWatch.org.
There are many readily available plants which attract butterflies. Some of Blue Heronís favorites include blanket flower, joe pye weed, verbena, purple coneflowers, bee balm, rudbekia, zinnias, and of course milkweed. Consider adding some to your garden and join Blue Heron Nature Preserve in supporting butterfly conservation.
If you are interested in helping plant and maintain the BH Butterfly Garden or donating native plants to the garden, contact BH volunteer Betsy Lane @ 404-368-2155.
Knit with Nikki, AAS Director at the BHNP building!
March 29 from 11-2pm
Join your friends for AAS coffee and goodies as we knit for nature and piece our sweaters together for our dogwood tree! Questions? Call the office at 404-345-1008.
Atlanta Audubon and The Preserve are reaching out to all of you who knit and crochet to create pieces to make a sweater for our dogwood tree at the Preserve. We hope this fun way of drawing attention to our tree will advertise the benefits of supporting habitat for trees and birds in an urban place.
Can you knit 1-4 small pieces to be donated for this project? You can drop off your pieces at the Preserve or attend this event.