SAVING THE MONARCHS
Paulding Putnam Electric Member Kylee Baumle is on a mission to save the Monarchs. Over the last 20 years, there has been a significant drop in numbers. The top three factors impacting the decline are climate change, clearing our lawns of milkweed, and pesticides, which also kills off milkweed. You might ask why is getting rid of milkweed such a big deal, it’s simple…this is the only food source for monarch caterpillars!
And that’s where Kylee comes in. She has participated in several programs that provide data to researchers studying monarchs. She also raises butterfly eggs in her home to protect them from predators, then releases them.
Her passion doesn’t stop there though. She’s also the author of “The Monarch…Saving our Most-Loved Butterfly” This is one of the most popular butterfly books on Amazon. Purchase Here
If you want to learn even more and keep up to date with all things Monarch, visit Kylee’s Blog.
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You can also watch her in action in our behind-the-scenes footage on YouTube.
How To Plant Milkweed Seed In Fall
1.) Plant in the fall after a frost.
2.) Make sure to remove all existing growth from the area and loosen the soil with rake before planting.
3.) Milkweed seeds are large enough where you can just pick one out and spread one by one into the dirt; you can do this to ensure the seeds aren’t over-crowded.
4.) After you’ve sown your milkweed seeds, you need to compact them into the soil (but don’t cover them!) to help with germination. Stepping all over the area is an easy way to do this, but if you’re seeding a large area you could also use a seed roller.
5.) Once you’ve pressed the seeds into the soil, give the area a good watering to set the seeds. Because you’re planting in the fall, you won’t need to water after this until early spring when the seeds start to germinate.
DESCRIPTION By Kylee: I first became interested in monarch butterflies 11 years ago. Since that time, I’ve studied them, raised them, tagged them for research, and most recently traveled to the Transvolcanic Belt mountains in central Mexico, where they migrate, to see them in their winter home.
I own quite a few books about monarchs and one thing I noticed was that the biggest lot of them were either children’s or youth books, or they tended to be textbooky. If someone wanted to buy a comprehensive book about monarchs that had the kind of information that covered most of the bases without being either too elementary or too boring, they’d be hard-pressed to find it.
I wrote THE MONARCH with the intent of bridging the gap that existed between both ends of that spectrum and now that it’s all said and done, I think I accomplished that goal.
The book starts with my story of how I became interested in monarch butterflies. That tale, which took me ten years to learn its ending, is nearly as fascinating as the monarch itself. It’s one of those “you can’t make this stuff up” kind of things.
• Eighty-five percent of the 160+ photos in the book were taken by me, over the last eleven years that I’ve been studying the monarch. You’ll find detailed images of every stage of the life cycle as well as many photos that are just plain pretty, because the monarch is an attractive subject!
• You’ll learn how the monarch has a place in the history books as well as how it plays a very important role in the lives of the Mexican people, where it spends its winters every year. You’ll learn which milkweed plants are best to plant for every area of the U.S. and Canada, and there’s a sample monarch waystation garden to help you plan your own.
• Perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn how you can help make the world a friendlier place for not just the monarch, but for other wildlife, because when you help the monarch, you’re helping other pollinators too – pollinators which are responsible for every third bite of food we take.
While this is not a children’s book, parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who has contact with kids will find fun projects for them to do. That said, most of the factual information about monarchs is appropriate for upper elementary students all the way through adults.
You can order the book in one of three ways: signed, personalized, or no signature at all. Purchase here.