Improving Habitat for Native Pollinators

Since the autumn of 2015, Nan Burke of Westborough has played an important role in SVT’s efforts to improve pollinator habitats in our region. She has been raising milkweed seedlings that we have planted on our properties and shared with our members to plant in their own gardens. The milkweed is essential habitat for the monarch butterfly caterpillar, and its nectar is also vital to other insects.

In 2017, she expanded her efforts and began raising and releasing the monarch butterflies themselves.

We recently asked Nan to discuss both projects, and she provided some useful resources for others who are interested in raising monarchs. Read the full story.