New partnership with Bring Conservation Home

Logo for St. Louis Audubon Society's Bring Conservation Home programMany of us heard about the St. Louis Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home (BCH) program at the March meeting.  It encourages homeowners to provide quality habitat for birds and other animals by:

  • Landscaping with native plants
  • Removing invasive plant species
  • Conserving water
  • Implementing stewardship practices to support wildlife

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Monarchs prefer this inconvenient vine in my yard

By Peggy Whetzel

Growing wild in my yard is a native vine that’s never offered for sale, Cynanchum laeve, commonly called honeyvine, probably for the elongated, heart-shaped leaves. It’s also called vining milkweed or sand vine.  By now, if you have it in your yard, chances are this weedy-looking perennial is climbing over your favorite flowers. Of course, your impulse is to yank it out.

But please, do it carefully. Monarch eggs or caterpillars may be attached.

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