Monarch Butterflies are an iconic and widely recognizable species in Texas. However, they have been in decline in recent years largely due to loss of habitat. Much of the native landscape that once supported these butterflies has been developed or taken over by non-native species. Monarch Waystations provide a potential solution to this problem. The waystations are small gardens of native plants that provide Monarchs with a place to rest and get nutrients as they migrate across the state.
Project Description & History
Eagle Scout candidate John. T Saucedo from Lampasas, TX is in the process of creating a Monarch Waystation in Campbell Park. The plan is for a 40×60 ft butterfly shaped garden with interconnecting sidewalks. The garden will include native plants that will support monarchs and other pollinators as they migrate through the area. Construction on the project began in June 2020. So far, they have poured the concrete, filled the area with soil, planted the plants, and installed a drip system. Next steps for the project will be power washing the pathway and fundraising for 2 benches. John has received grants and donations for plants and material, but still needs funds for the benches and to complete the project. John had planned a festival to raise money that had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. He is still working hard to raise the money despite this setback.
Frequent patches of native plants along a Monarch’s migratory route are essential to their survival. The presence of this native garden will ensure that monarchs have a place stop, feed and lay eggs during their migration. It will also provide educational opportunities and allow children to see the monarch evolution and the importance of conserving nature.