Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Milkweed Pod Collection is Underway

People from all different backgrounds have come together to help in the plight of the Monarch Butterfly. As you may have heard the Monarch Butterfly numbers have been on the decline for a number of years.

One plant that impacts the Monarch butterfly’s survival is the common Milkweed plant. The Monarch Butterfly pretty much relies on the Milkweed plant for the majority of its lifecycle. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources many agencies are trying to get the word out; they are collecting common Milkweed Pods. These pods should be collected between September 1st through October 31st. The seed pods must be dry and turning a golden yellow to a grayish brown color for the seed to be mature. Try to collect them before they open up because insects could infest them and damage the seed.

There is a bin provided by Rumpke at the south end of the Darke Soil and Water Conservation office for those individuals or groups wishing to deposit the seed pods. Please put the pods into a breathable paper bag and not plastic. If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact the Darke S.W.C.D. at 937-548-1752.You may also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.darkeswcd.com.

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