Locals Working to Help Monarch ButterfliesFeatured Stories, News Friday, March 29th, 2013
As the time approaches for monarch butterflies to arrive in Bryan-College Station, Craig Wilson, Texas A&M’s Director of Future Scientists, is doing what he can to ensure that they have the unique plants they need to survive.
Wilson says the combination of drought, land development, and herbicides have taken a dramatic toll on monarch caterpillar’s only food source, Asclepias, also called butterfly weed or milkweed.
That’s why he and his team are planting several varieties of Asclepias in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell roof-top garden at the physics building.
He says the garden will be a registered monarch waystation.
Meanwhile, Wilson says BCS residents can find the necessary plant at the Producer’s Co-op in north Bryan, and adds, “If you plant it, they will come.”
CraigWilson031513.mp3Craig Wilson visits with WTAW’s Kat McMullen
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