Springfield, Missouri is now, officially, a Monarch-friendly community! On Thursday, March 9, 2017, Mayor Bob Stephens read a proclamation committing Springfield to efforts to save the Monarch. Specifically mentioned was removing Milkweed (Asclepias spp) from the city's "Noxious Weed" ordinance.
Several people worked together to make this proclamation a reality. And over the years some landscapers, biologists, gardeners, and butterfly enthusiasts worked independently to create habitat for Monarchs and other native Missouri Wildlife.
In fact, Springfield is blessed to host the only native butterfly house in Missouri. The Dr.
As part of the effort to create habitat for Monarchs, Springfield City Council approved creating two Monarch habitats on traffic islands on Sunset street. These will be planted sometime during the summer. Springfield received grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation for this project.
According to the article in the Springfield News-Leader,
NatureHood loves pollinators and hosted the Butterflies and Bee Celebration events
for three years at Cherry and Pickwick. This event is morphing into smaller and more diverse programming, but the emphasis on native Missouri species remains the core. In addition, I've planted several native plant gardens in several locations and schools in central Springfield, and hope to expand to at least one other school very soon. These are efforts which strive to educate families about the importance of the daily decisions we make and the impact they have on our environment.
Monarchs are only one of thousands of species worldwide facing serious survival issues. Earth has not experienced a mass extinction rate like this in millions of years. As one individual I cannot help all the species facing extinction, but I can do my part to help as many Missouri wildlife species as possible. That is why I am committed, and NatureHoodis committed, to creating as much wildlife-friendly habitat within the city as possible, and to encourage other individuals and businesses to join in the effort. The old saying is "it takes a village to raise a child." It also takes a village to resolve to take action to save our native wildlife.
I hope you'll join us on this journey. Blessed Be!