There are wonderful Oklahoma native trees that serve an abundance of pollinators! We chatted with Kevin Mink, urban soil health specialist from the Oklahoma County Conservation District and here is what he recommends:
Many of our Okies for Monarchs friends have questions about how much seed is needed for their projects (big and small), so we spent some time this week with collaborative member Sarah McLaughlin of the Johnston Seed Company to find a few answers. McLaughlin is the conservation and native lands specialist at Johnston, a 100+ year old Oklahoma company out of Enid.
Is it a flock of butterflies? Or maybe a herd of butterflies? The answer will leave you mesmerized and ready for a group of butterflies to do circles around your head showing off their vibrant colors. Get your imagination ready for some fun!
When considering planting a pollinator garden at your home, church or school, it is important to be aware of municipal ordinances and also homeowner associations rules and regulations. You might be surprised to learn that planting a garden is the easy part and that getting everyone aware and understanding why you planted one can sometimes be a more difficult task.
One of the most effective ways to educate students on the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitat is via school gardens. However, these types of projects have two major challenges: 1) funding and 2) continued support & maintenance. Our Okies for Monarchs outreach/education team took these challenges on head first to devise solutions.
Whether you are looking for the perfect holiday “something” for a gardening family member, wracking you brain for the perfect hostess gift for that friend who always stops and looks at the butterflies, or are wanting to inspire wonder when taking a unique gift to a curious child, Okies for Monarchs has you covered! Check out this winter-wildlife-wants “wish list” guaranteed to bring holiday cheer!
Many parts of Oklahoma experienced the state’s first freezing temperatures during the second week of November. Hard freezes signal a time for gardeners to think about bedding down their pollinators plants for the winter and be ahead of the game for spring. Whether wild or well-tended over winter, a garden can be a joy for you and a bonus to the biological wonders that reside there.
As a biologist whose focus is on Oklahoma’s rare and declining species, I am often asked “What can I do to help ‘Species A’?” Mind you, “Species A” in the conversation may be anything from an endangered bat to a freshwater mussel.
The excellent news is that anyone, even the average “city-dweller”, has the profound ability to both attract and foster pollinator insects in their own backyard with relative ease.