How many of us are Monarch Waystations?

NaturesFolly(West MI 5)July 13, 2012

I was reading on the Monarch Watch site and I came across an interesting page about becoming a certified Monarch Waystation

I have the perfect spot just in front of my pond that I had planned to make into a butterfly garden anyway. Here is a link for the info in case you are interested also.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monarch Waystations

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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I've had two houses and a cottage registered as Monarch Waystations. Unfortunately, I've lost all three through divorce/moving, etc. I'm now developing my fourth. It is fun to watch the wildlife diversity increase as the garden plants mature and critters discover the friendly oasis. I haven't seen any Monarchs on my property (yet), but I saw a Black Swallowtail last night and a Tiger Swallowtail a few days ago. I'll have to check my dill, fennel, and parsley for eggs. It's too bad there needs to be a registration fee to be a Waystation. But, I guess everything costs money. I look forward to hearing from others.

Martha

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 7:52AM
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NaturesFolly(West MI 5)

Very nice! I hope next year I can be certified also. The area where I want the garden is now infested with trumpet vines so we are working on eliminating it by putting round up in a canning jar and poking holes in the lid and inserting the vines.. hopefully this will work.. otherwise it will mean tons of digging to get it out and no gaurantee that it wont pop up again.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 4:25PM
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caterwallin

I've had our property registered as a Monarch Waystation for a few years now, although I've had to downsize from what I originally had.

Nature's Folly, I hope that the method of soaking the trumpet vines in Roundup works for you. That's how I killed off my passionvine last year and it worked. If it hasn't come back by now, I highly doubt that it will. I still have passionvine, only I keep it in a container now so it doesn't get out of hand.

Cathy

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 10:55PM
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NaturesFolly(West MI 5)

Wow Cathy, I didnt realize that passionvine could be so invasive this far north.

I would assume that it would take a couple of weeks to be able to see any progress with the big kill, goodness I hope so anyway. The flowers are pretty but not pretty enough to deal with how invasive it is.

I would love to see some pictures of the waystations.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 9:21AM
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susanlynne48(OKC7a)

I've been a waystation for several years. The $ is actually a donation to this non-profit organization and should be deductible on your tax return if you choose to claim it. Non-profits have to get their funding somewhere, and this is one of the ways, as well as selling tags, larvae kits, signs for your waystation, and other things in their store at Monarch Watch.

Susan

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:09AM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

My yard is also a Monarch Waystation! :-) One of these days I'm going to figure out how to post pictures of my garden on the MonarchWatch.org website!

~Laura

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 12:20PM
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rosefenn(5)

I am about to be certified as a Monarch waystation. I started a monarch garden with one of their seed kits about 4 years ago. My monarch garden is the easiest thing I ever did, and I am the envy of the neighbors. Tons of milkweeds and every year I add more nectar plants. The plants you grow require almost no care, except watering. Oh, and dividing every few years. Also, right now you can get Monarch rearing kits, if you are interested here's the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monarch rearing kit

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 2:35PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

I'm also a Monarch Waystation.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 10:44PM
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mbhoneybee63(5)

Actually, I just opened my package with my certificate #5809 and my "Weigh Station" sign a couple of hours ago! I can't wait until I recieve my Monarch tagging kit later this summer.
My husband truly enjoys the habitat that we have made in our yard, but the day I brought home potted "milkweed" he had to laugh. He said "You do realize that stuff grows along fence lines everywhere, don't you?" He was pretty surprised when I took him out looking for it and it had been either poisioned or cleared out ready for development.
I love looking for that first Monarch of the season and reporting it to http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/DataReported.html
This is a great website to participate in.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 7:39PM
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