Monday, January 9, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8pm
Propagating Milkweeds for Monarchs
Presenter: Barbara Willy, Director of Monarch Gateway & President of NPAT
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA at 512 Lamar Street
FW-NPAT is excited to host Barbara Willy, Director of Monarch Gateway and President- elect for NPAT at our next meeting. Barbara will discuss her method of propagation she uses in her Monarch Host Cities Project where cities partner with Monarch Gateway to improve and add more native milkweed habitat to aid in Monarch Conservation. Barbara will have doorprizes of milkweed to share as well as her expertise.
Barbara’s interest in native prairie restoration led her on an eight-year quest to develop a propagation method for the finicky native milkweeds of Texas. Last year Willy donated 7000 native milkweed plants to pollinator projects across Texas. More than two years ago, Willy, in her role as Founder and Director of Monarch Gateway, began working with cities in Fort Bend County to create an Urban Pollinator/Monarch Conservation Model with the hope of expanding along the central and coastal flyways and other communities in Texas. City employees from surrounding municipalities, but especially Sugar Land, helped develop a plan that would deliver meaningful results and be sustainable long-term. Since then, Barbara has helped many municipalities and organizations to establish milkweed way stations.