Wildflower Committee

The Wildflower Committee works to create and maintain the chapter’s three wildflower meadows. The first meadow, our Milkweed meadow near the bee hives, benefits Monarch butterflies. Two additional wildflower meadows have been established near the historic log cabin. Our committee strives to create wildlife habitat and to promote wildflower education. We work closely with the Wildlife Committee and the Conservation & Education Committee.
 
Milkweed is important because Monarch Butterflies need this plant to reproduce. The Monarch population has dwindled partly because of the disappearance of Milkweed across the country. Large amounts of Milkweed have been eradicated as farmers adopted GMO farming techniques. A top priority of our committee is to establish more Milkweed. Since 2014 our Milkweed meadow has been recognized by the Monarch Watch organization as a certified Monarch Waystation. It is a place for migrating butterflies to stop and lay eggs.
 
The two meadows near the historic log cabin provide nectar, pollen, seeds and foliage for insects, birds and animals. Native plants there include: Coreopsis, Black-eyed Susan, Milkweed, Yarrow, Blazing Star, Partridge Pea, Goldenrod, Indian Grass, Deer-tongue Grass, Virginia Creeper, Pokeweed, and Wild Blackberry. Non-native plants have invaded our wildflower meadows. This cannot be avoided because these weeds are already firmly established. The most common invasive species are Dandelions, Ground Ivy, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
 
You are welcome to join the Wildflower Committee. Just contact Don Perino at:
d.perino@yahoo.com