Pollinator Waystation Support

monarch.cropWelcome to the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists’ Monarchs and More! page providing insights and resources to support our imperiled Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Pollinators are essential to ensuring the food supply for humans and animals.

Pollinator populations are struggling in the face of human development and large scale agriculture. We can help them by making space for plants they need for food and shelter.

Monarch butterflies are among the most iconic and threatened of the many insect pollinators. Milkweed plants are critical to the survival of monarchs. They are the only plants monarch caterpillars eat.

Pollinator-friendly habitat also serves roles in managing and cleaning storm water, improving soil health and enhancing air quality.

Join the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists in supporting our insect pollinators by planting or protecting diverse native Virginia herbs, flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees.

Waystations:

Waystation information from Monarch Watch
http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/

Creating a Pollinator Garden from Kids Gardening
http://www.kidsgardening.org/node/11941

What You Can Do from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/pollinatorpages/yourhelp.html

Pollinators:

The King of Butterflies – The Monarch Butterfly
http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/

Pollinator facts from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
http://pollinator.org/nappc/pollinators.htm

Pollinators from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/

For Kids:

5 Things Kids Can Do to Help Pollinators
http://www.pollinator.org/Resources/5%20things%20kids%20can%20do.pdf

For Teachers:

Outreach and Educational Materials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/Outreach.html#lucy

Monarch Teacher Resources from the U.S. Forest Service
http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/teacherandstudent/index.shtml

Waystation Plants:

Selecting Plants for Pollinators