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Fern Hollow Farm - Somerset Ohio

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Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest (MWAEBF)

Posted by Carol Schleich on March 23, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest (MWAEBF)


MWAEBF is a two-year project sponsored by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation to the non-profit Pollinator Partnership which led a coalition of 7 principal partners. The grant provides a cash grant of $150,000 to be matched by $450,000 of matched and in-kind contributions from the partners.


Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest seeks to increase monarch habitat by engaging public land managers and private land stewards throughout the Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental Province (EBF-CP) through a series of monarch habitat enhancement activities with the goal of establishing 4,688, acres of monarch habitat. Monarchs do not consider political boundaries in their migration, and the perimeters of the Eastern Broadleaf Forest span multiple state boundaries. Cooperation among these states and their conservation partners will increase seed resources without jeopardizing native plant material ranges.


A core group of partners including the Pollinator Partnership, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (Il, IN, and OH), Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Mason State Nursery, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative, and Pheasants Forever (IL and OH) will work together to ensure the activities below are well-executed to achieve a comprehensive and effective outcome. Sixteen additional satellite partners (listed at the end of this document) have been secured to maximize the efforts of the core partners. All partners and associated activities operate within the EBF-CP, and the outcomes of this project will be applicable in 10 other states that intersect the EBF-CP. Working across an ecoregion complements efforts of the U.S. Forest Service’s seed transfer zones and other native plant materials programs, including the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration.


The MWAEF is designed to give a short-term boost to the habitat needs of monarchs and to increase interest and skill in seed collection as well as increasing habitat which will provide resources for in-state seed services. To successfully achieve the 4,688 acres of monarch habitat goal, the following tasks will be performed:


Facilitate an ecoregional seed collecting program for the Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental Province to help meet increased immediate needs for regionally specific monarch-supporting plantings.

Ecoregionally-specific milkweed and nectar plant seed is generally commercially unavailable in large quantities within the Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental Province. In order to successfully enhance monarch habitat across the targeted 4,688 acres, a temporary coordinated ecoregional milkweed and nectar plant seed collection and distribution network will be established.

• Seed collecting protocols across the ecoregion for this project will be standardized. Seed collectors will be recruited and trained according to the protocol. All collectors will work off a single target list. Seed will be processed out of a single cleaning center, tested for weeds and germination, and then used for seedling propagation or reseeding efforts at project sites for monarch habitat establishment.

• Any seed collections found to be contaminated by weeds, or of low germination, will be removed from the inventory and destroyed.

• A total of 300 seed collections (approximately 60 per state) will be completed and used in combination with other monarch habitat enhancement techniques. The seed used for seedling propagation will generate 9,375 seedlings for use within the ecoregion. All native plant materials generated from the seed collecting efforts will be redistributed to reach the goal of 4,688 acres within the same ecoregion to maintain genetic variability and resilience across milkweed and nectar plant populations.

• The interest in native seed and trained volunteers will hopefully create new demand and business for native seed throughout the ecoregion, and as is described above, a more robust and diverse native seed market for the ecoregion will be established.



Listed below the native plant species that are commonly found throughout the ecoregion and are currently included on the Target Native Plant Species List. These native plant species are the target species to be collected throughout the ecoregion for the seed collections.




Botanical Name Common Name

Zizia aurea Golden Alexander

Tradescantia ohiensis bluejacket

Penstemon digitalis Foxglove beardtongue

Asclepias syriaca Common milkweed

Asclepias verticillata Whorled milkweed

Ratibida pinnata pinnate prairie coneflower

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Narrowleaf mountainmint

Heliopsis helianthoides Ox eye Sunflower

Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed

Rudbeckia hirta Black eyed susan

Chamaecrista fasciculata Partridge pea

Verbena urticifolia White vervain

Monarda fistulosa Wild bergamot

Eupatorium perfoliatum Common boneset

Coreopsis tripteris Tall coreopsis

Symphyotrichum pilosum Frost Aster

Vernonia altissima (Vernonia gigantea) Giant ironweed

Eupatorium serotinum Late boneset

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England aster

Symphyotrichum laeve Smooth blue aster



Provide technical assistance to public and private land managers of land in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental Province. Technical assistance will be provided in a series of 5 on-site and in person workshops for the various land use types (private lands, private working lands, public lands) as well as a webinar reference series that will be posted online for land managers (or anyone interested) to access.

• The private lands technical assistance will target land managers of roadsides, farms, corporate lands, utility right-of-way, and other land-use types.

• The workshops and webinars will focus on monarch habitat enhancement and maintenance techniques.

• The on-site workshops will highlight successful monarch habitat projects that have been maintained over a period of time and have used any or all of the following habitat enhancement techniques: seeding, plug planting, invasive plant removal, seedbed preparation, controlled burning, and plug planting preparation.

• 5 workshops, 1 webinar and 12 seed collection training classes will be completed over the 2 year span of the project.


Long-term monarch habitat establishment and enhancement. Acres for monarch habitat establishment or enhancement activities identified by public and private partners will be secured in the long-term through a letter of commitment signed by the land owner. The letter will detail the actions required to maintain monarch habitat in the long-term.

• The agreements will primarily be made through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program but can also be established with the Pollinator Partnership.

• The Pollinator Partnership will track all the acres counted towards the 4,688 acre goal.

• The agreements will ensure that monarch habitat activities take place on lands that have a landowner or manager committed to monarch conservation and long-term monarch habitat management and maintenance.

• The combined total of acres secured through letters of commitment for monarch habitat will meet or exceed 4,688 acres across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental Province ecoregion.


Satellite Partners

The following organizations throughout the Eastern Broadleaf Forest-Continental Province have been confirmed and secured as satellite partners to help support the activities of the proposed project; Tyson Foods, Inc., Chicago Botanic Garden, Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, Marathon Petroleum Company LP – Illinois Refining Division, Patoka River NWR, Big Oaks Muscatatuck NWR Complex, Saint Louis Zoo, University of Missouri-College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri – Agriculture Experiment Station, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Holden Arboretum, Miami County Park District, Ohio River Foundation, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, The Nature Conservancy, and Western Reserve Land Conservancy.


Seed Training

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Seed Collection Training

Thank you for agreeing to participate in the Monarch

Wings Across The Eastern Broadleaf Forest seed collection

project (MWAEBF). MWAEBF is a two-year project

sponsored by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife

Federation through the non-profit Pollinator Partnership.

This seed collection project is designed to give a shortterm

boost to the habitat needs of monarchs and targets

five states for seed collection and distribution.




The Holden Arboretum

Corning Visitor Center

9550 Sperry Road

Kirtland, Ohio 44094

DATE: Thursday, April 13, 2017

TIME: 10am - 2pm (lunch will be provided)

We will discuss program specifics before lunch and review

the target plants and seed collection information after

lunch. If you are well versed in plant ID and seed collection

you are not obligated to stay for the afternoon. All

individuals attending will be able to enjoy the gardens and

visit the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower

free of charge either before or after the training session.

Please call or email to RSVP by April 4, 2017 to:

Ann Rzepka Budziak, Wildflower Garden Horticulturist

440-946-4400 x250 or [email protected]

Please provide names of individuals attending.

Please also note if anyone has special lunch needs

Update on Monarch

Posted by barb_carson on May 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The posting says that Monarch's will only eat Common Milkweed, what it should say have stated is that it is the preferred milkweed of choice.  They have also been know to lay their eggs on other milkweed, as well when the Common Milkweed is not available.  But I would encourage anyone that plans to rear Monarch's to plants Common Milkweed on their property.  If you have a deep concern about the agressiveness of Common Milkweed, then plant tour milkwwed of choice.  There are 16 different  varities of milkweed that grow in Ohio. 

Grow More Common Milkweed in Ohio

Posted by barb_carson on April 20, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Monarch's come through Ohio from June to August and are looking for this new Common Milkweed growth.  Common Milkweed is the only milkweed  Monarch's will lay their eggs on!  We as advocates for the Monarch Butterfly need to encourage people in Ohio to plant more Common Milkweed in their gardens, open fields and along our highways. The constant comments on its aggressive growth is discouraging for many people across Ohio, adding it to their landscape or properties.   We need to educate them on the importance of it for the repopulation of monarchs. By educating others on how to manage it's, we can indeed make a difference.  The fact that it will spread is a good thing, the more the better for our monarchs.  A few things you can do to control it.  Plant it along a picket fence that is 6 to 8 feet high blocking it from  heavy winds.  Gather the pods just before they open and save the seeds. In June or July,  cut it back to 18-24 inches from the ground.   Cutting it back, at this time, allows the milkweed to  remain shorter and gives the milkweed all new leave growth. This regrowth of the leaves is what the monarchs are looking. The fresh leaves are perfect for them to lay their eggs on. Cutting it back allows the common milkweed to give plenty of food for the caterpillars, they love the new leaves.  The  new leaves nourish them as they go through the five stages of transformation into a butterfly. Common Milkweed is also the  necessary food if you choose to rear them for a citizen's science project at home or at school. Remember to wash the leaves with fresh water before feeding it to them.  The common milkweed leaves can be wrapped with moist paper towels, placed in a plastic zip lock bag and kept in your refrigerator for their daily feedings.   Begin now, by planting more Common Milkweed, so that future generation can enjoy the miracle of their annual flight from Ohio to Mexico in September. 

Where do I purchase Native Plants- HERE

Posted by barb_carson on April 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Natives In Harmony

If you are new to native plants, this is a great place to start. Knowledgeable staff will always be present to answer questions about plants and gardening with natives. Feel free to peruse the online inventory and refer to the selected species profiles which offer plant descriptions and provide photos of some of the plants available at the nursery.

For directions and an idea of the plants that may be available, explore our website at or call Gale Martin at 419-688-9800.


Posted by barb_carson on April 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a butterfly.” – Anonymous

At the 2012 Wild Ones Annual Membership Meeting, the membership voted to partner with Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch’s Bring Back the Monarchs program to help the monarchs and their migration. As a result of that meeting, Wild Ones established a committee which spent the next eight months developing information, materials, presentations and contacts which officially became the Wild for Monarchs campaign. The campaign is designed to harness the power of our national membership and 50 local chapters to educate and advocate for the monarchs and the native plants that support the monarch population and their migration.


Posted by barb_carson on April 20, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Columbus Annual Plant Sale

Milkweeds and More….

9: 00 AM – 2:00 p.m.

May 23, 2015

Whetstone Community Center

3923 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214


by Wild Ones and

Gale Martin with Natives In Harmony

Certify your Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Visit the National Wildlife Federation table for information


Garden Treasure Flea Market

Visit our flea market and see what you may find:

Remember one man’s junk is another man’s treasure