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We are proud to announce that on April 19th, at 6pm David O’Donnell will be speaking at the kickoff meeting for the Knox Estate Garden Club. David has speaking engagements this weekend at The Erie County Fairgrounds for Plantasia.
Here is how David O’Donnell describes the mission of the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm:
Our work is in restoring the depleting Monarch Butterfly population and conserving their habitat. We can all play a small part in helping this magnificent creature overcome the adversities it faces today. Loss of habitat (for Monarchs–milkweed), genetically modified crops, and pesticides all have a detrimental effect on the butterfly population.
Through education, we hope to raise awareness within the community to ensure that the majestic Monarch Butterfly and other native plants and animals will be here for future generations to enjoy. The Eastern Monarch Butterfly population has decreased by 60%, its overwintering region in Mexico reduced from 15 to approximately 3 acres. Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves, and the current scarcity of this native plant–particularly their preferred species, Swamp Milkweed–is the single most contributing factor to the Butterfly’s depletion. There IS an immediate sustainable solution–GROW MORE MILKWEED!
The Knox Estate Garden Club, in its development of the Knox Estate summer home’s gardens, wants to incorporate indigenous plants and species that encourages strength and beauty in our local natural environment. We are seeking advice from people like David O’Donnell on how to accomplish that. Supporting wildlife that stimulates plant-life, and vice versa, is a step towards understanding and energizing our local ecosystem.
For more Information on David O’Donnell and the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Mission Please go to https://www.facebook.com/EasternMonarchButterflyFarm/
David releases monarch butterflies for events and distributes milkweed seed to help give them a habitat.
The following Video is representative of The Eastern Monarch Butterfly’s interests. Its a video from TED. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration.