Starting 2014 the Rock River Trail Initiative started to distribute information about regional sources for milkweed seeds for the propagation of the endangered Monarch butterfly, with the goal of making the 320-mile course of the Rock River a Monarch butterfly corridor.
Milkweed is at risk
Humans are the Monarch’s most dangerous predators. Drug lords and their interests are deforesting the Monarch’s wintering ground in Mexico. With the high price of corn for ethanol creating a demand for more plantable acres, farmers are eliminating hedgerows (habitat for fauna, flora, brush and trees on either side of a fence) and planting fence to fence. Land set aside for conservation purposes is also being planted in corn and soybeans. Farmers and governmental use of Roundup herbicide has a massive impact on milkweed in many areas. Many roadsides are also being mowed, eliminating milkweed.
Plant milkweed and help make the 320 miles of the course of the Rock River a Monarch butterfly corridor!
SOURCES FOR MILKWEED SEEDS, PLANTS AND RESTORATION
Genesis Nursery, 23200 Hurd Road, Tampico, IL 61283, telephone (815) 438-2220 offers seeds.
Their website is www.genesisnurseryinc.com
Wild Ones, Rock River Valley Chapter, offers both Marsh (Red) milkweed and Butterfly weed. Deadline for ordering will be April 28; call (815) 871-7424 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org or the website WildOnesRRVC.org.
Prairie Nursery, Inc., of Westfield, Wis., offers milkweed and Butterfly weed; call (800) 476-9453, (608) 296-3679, or www.prairienursery.com.
Agrecol Corp.,1803 S. State Rd. 140, Janesville, Wis. , offers seed, plants and restoration. Order online at www.agrecol.com; click on “Native Plants.” Or call the company at (608) 754-6594.
Prairie Moon Nursery, 32115 Prairie Lane, Winona, Minn., offers seeds; call (866) 417-8156 or (507) 452-1362, or go to email@example.com orwww.prairiemoon.com.
Monarch Waystation Program offers a seed kit developed by Monarch Watch. A limited number of seed kits can be ordered for $16 each and include nine varieties of nectar and monarch host plants as well as a detailed “Creating a Monarch Waystation” guide. The Monarch Watch website