Years ago, Kathy Bildner taught herself how to identify monarch butterfly eggs on her milkweed plants. Each spring through fall, in order to save them from hungry birds, spiders, parasites, etc. she brings the eggs indoors to go through their life cycle. When they become butterflies, she releases them in her yard.
At the September 5, 2014 Shaw Nature Reserve Fall Wildflower Market, Kathy delighted visitors to the Wild Ones education table with two monarch chrysalises.
Kathy educates plant sale visitors about the monarchs' life cycle
Visitors of all ages were fascinated by Kathy's monarch chrysalises
Our annual potluck dinner and seed exchange, held at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, was enjoyed by 36 members, including 6 from the new Southwest Illinois chapter, who were warmly welcomed.
Copies of our chapter membership list and the 2015 meeting and event calendar were distributed.
Confirmation of Chapter Officers, Board of Directors
As required by national Wild Ones bylaws, chapters are to hold an election of officers or a confirmation vote each year.
By Ed Schmidt
At a couple of Wild Ones meetings this year, people have mentioned “seed bombs.” Some of us were unfamiliar with the concept, so I did some research.
According to Wikipedia, “Seed bombing or aerial reforestation is a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping compressed bundles of soil containing live vegetation,” often in the form of seeds. The terms can refer to projects involving seeding from aircraft, but when they’ve been mentioned at our meetings, it was associated with individual efforts and often, guerrilla gardening.