Recently, Karen Clary from the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center spoke to our chapter about two important topics: the possible invasion of emerald ash borers and milkweed conservation. She was kind enough to give us permission to copy her PowerPoint presentations. I converted them to PDFs and uploaded them to our website. The Emerald Ash Borer presentation is broken into two parts for easier upload.
Here’s something you can do right now and get volunteer hours credit for it:
If you have milkweed in your area, or you know where some is, you can monitor it, photograph it (for positive ID) and collect the seeds for the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Be sure to contact the Wildflower Center to let them know you are working on the project. Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read through the milkweed PDF online so will know how to carry out this task. If you do this project, please report your time on the VMS under this category:
FR: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Projects: TMN Report Hours
Additionally, here are two websites of interest. The first link is to a PDF with info that helps you ID the type of milkweed. The second is from the Xerces Society and it contains detailed info about milkweed conservation. This guide has details about how to harvest the seeds.