A Plain City Girl Scout troop recently did their part to save the Monarch butterfly.
Due to the drastic decline in the population of the butterfly, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative and the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District are trying to save common milkweed pods. Milkweed is the sole host plant for Monarch butterflies. This particular plant is lacking on the landscape and has a direct effect on the Monarch population.
Troop No. 2137 members brought in milkweed pods, placed them in paper bags and dropped them off at the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, 831 U.S. Route 42 NE, London.
Things to keep in mind when collecting seed pods:
• It is best to pick the pods when the seeds contained within them are brown. Do not collect them when they are white or cream colored as they are not matured. The pod is ready to be picked when the seam of the pod opens with gentle pressure.
• Place collected pods in paper bags or grocery sacks.
• Collecting pods will not affect milkweed populations in areas where they are already established.
• There are several kinds of milkweed — this collection is for the common milkweed pod
Seed pods that are collected as part of this project will be used to establish new plantings and create additional habitat for the monarch butterfly throughout Ohio in the coming years.
For more information, contact the Madison SWCD at 740-852-4003, option 3.