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Monarch Mayors Pledge
Both The Mayors of Bryan and College Station signed this pledge In January of 2016 stating that they pledge to take government action to commit to specific actions and services to help the monarch butterfly in their community. The City of Bryan has established eight new butterfly gardens in our park system. These locations are in seven parks and one roundabout on Nash St. They also currently have one registered Monarch Way Station in Camelot Park. This waystation was established by the neighborhood residents and is maintained by those residents in Memorial Forest. The City of College Station is creating a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at Lick Creek Park and a butterfly trail near the new Lick Creek Nature Center. In addition, mowing schedules have been altered to allow milkweed to grow, and milkweed and other plants that benefit pollinators are being placed in community and school gardens to educate and engage the citizens. The College Station Parks & Recreation Department is collaborating with Keep Brazos Beautiful and the A&M Garden Club to help restore and conserve the declining population. More than 50 pounds of milkweed seed has been planted at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex, Richard Carter Park, Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, Lick Creek Park, Memorial Cemetery, and the Aggie Field of Honor.
Butterflies in the Brazos
Is a nonprofit organization created by concerned citizens of the Brazos valley. They help out with many community projects where they donate plants or seeds to be planted to attract the monarch butterfly to the area. They help with service project year round and are always looking for more service ideas. They host a Planting day every September to help plant milkweeds or any other nectar producing butterfly plants so they can help them along their journey to migrate to the mountains of Mexico.
Brazos Valley Texas Naturalist
The Texas Master Naturalist program develops local teams of “master volunteers” to provide educational and outreach services aimed at the improved management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Their mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. They host many events like monarch butterfly and pollinator flight school, hold monthly monarch habitat meetings and sell pollinator plants in the fall.
A&M Garden Club
The A&M Garden Club promotes the love of gardening, floral design, horticulture, civic responsibility, landscaping, environmental concerns and garden therapy for men, women and children and encourages participation and support in educational programs for both the very young and advanced students. It is the purpose of this organization to preserve, protect and conserve the natural resources of this country, and to maintain and enhance the beauty of our lands. They help with Wish upon a butterfly which is held at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History at the end of July. They have a booth that offers information and advice about planting for butterflies, the butterfly life-cycle, etc. They also provide useful links and tip on their website about what plants monarch butterflies like and how to plant them.
Keep Brazos Beautiful
They are an organization dedicated to helping keep brazos beautiful by keeping the highways and ditches clean while also helping the community by planting native plants that help many pollinators from the area and around the world when they migrate through here. They have been involved in the community since 1980 with their motto being “We are founded on the ideal that for a community to thrive, each member must honor a commitment to contribute to the well being of the whole.’ They focus on keeping the brazos valley beautiful and clean while also focusing on sustainability of the natural resources here in the brazos valley and they also help with the monarch butterfly migration by helping plant pollinator friendly plants in the local parks and around the brazos valley.