Bermuda Monarch Conservancy
 
 

The simple way to care for Bermuda's environment
  

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ROUND THE ISLAND

Stay posted with our news and calendar
In About Us, you can find out when we're propagating milkweed or planting seedlings so you may come join us. You can also find out when groves are in bloom and swarming with monarchs.

Come join us
We like to plant in groups - time flies when we're having fun! Drop us an email at butterfly@bermudamonarch.org to let us know you'll be coming to our next Milkweed Be-in. We'll count you in!

Come talk to us
Thinking of a great location to establish a grove? Private land such as hotel grounds, golf courses, and estates, or public land? Let us know about this potential grove location and we'll share thoughts on how we could help establish a sanctuary. Typically, BMC supplies the seedlings and, together with the land custodian, we jointly start the planting and establish a maintenance plan for the grove.

Join MonarchTalk
Ask questions, share your stories, experiences, and tips, or give feedback to the forum's participants via email at MonarchTalk@bermudamonarch.org. You can also send emails on your milkweed, caterpillars, or monarch sightings from your garden or elsewhere on the island. We'll post your notes on MonarchTalk and log them in our records. You'll see your plantings and sightings dot the Bermuda monarch distribution map and seasonal health chart.

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The experimental grove at Paget Marsh.

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Paget Experimental Grove, Spring 2003


AT HOME

Play in the sun
Planting a tray of milkweed is a fun activity to do with the kids, and is guaranteed to attract monarchs to your garden. Here are some suggestions for year-round fun.
  • Weekend project - plant milkweed in a sunny and moist spot. You may want to read the How to grow milkweed at home tips below.
  • Start a ritual - water milkweed regularly.
  • Always wonder - watch the gluttony of colorful caterpillars they eat nothing but milkweed.
  • Search for the invisible pupa - the art of finding pupas is better mastered by children.
  • Butterfly spotting - they are territorial and will patrol you garden if nectar flowers are around. Butterfly houses are also great to protect them from hurricanes or cool winter temperatures.

    Be smart and show you care
    Enjoy nature outdoors! Remember to avoid feeding caterpillars indoors to prevent infections spreading to our small resident population.

    How to grow milkweed at home
    You can find milkweed seeds, seedlings, or plants at various nurseries across the island. Milkweed is perennial and blooms several times a year. The flower needs direct sun and moisture. You'll want to cut down your leafless stems about 6 inches from the ground after caterpillars have feasted on them. Note that monarch caterpillars eat only milkweed, i.e., not your roses or anything else. You may also plant lantanas or pentas, so that your home-grown monarchs don't make a bee line to nectar in your neighbor's flower garden. Also, be smart and don't use pesticides on your milkweed aphids - if and when they show up. You'd kill your monarch eggs, caterpillars, and butterflies more surely than your little pests.

    Go for a walk
    Bermuda is bigger than you'd think when you explore it by foot. There's plenty to see, and lots of monarchs to spot. Take Hiking Bermuda - 20 Nature Walks and Day Hikes with you and go explore! We're tooting our own horn here but we hope you'll enjoy the book!

    Join MonarchTalk
    Ask questions, share your stories, experiences, and tips, or give feedback to the forum's participants via email at MonarchTalk@bermudamonarch.org. You can also send emails on your milkweed, caterpillars, or monarch sightings from your garden or elsewhere on the island. We'll post your notes on MonarchTalk and log them in our records. You'll see your plantings and sightings dot the Bermuda monarch distribution map and seasonal health chart.

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    Become a BMC School Affiliate

    Are you a parent or a teacher at one of Bermuda's schools? Let us know about your school garden and how we may help. Contact us at butterfly@bermudamonarch.org so we can coordinate with you and allot some seeds and seedlings for your school from our current (or next) batch.

    Try our monarch curriculum materials
    Teachers at Affiliate Schools, we have monarch curriculum materials for grades K-2 and 3-6. They are fun and choc-a-block full of ideas. Check them out and see how they fit with your curriculum.

    Win BMC's Monarch Awareness Award and movie tickets
    Your school garden is essential in raising children's awareness of Bermuda's natural heritage and in engaging them to protect their surroundings. Your garden also plays an important role in conserving and expanding the range of our monarch population. Your school involvement will help build an island-wide Monarch Map and Health Chart that you can use in your teaching.
    Here's how you can put your school on the Bermuda monarch map, and engage your students to participate in our award competition and win movie tickets.
  • Contact us at butterfly@bermudamonarch.org to get some milkweed seeds or seedlings.
  • Each of your classes involved in the caring of the garden develops its own logbook where they report on the number and growth of milkweed, caterpillars and monarchs.
  • In the spring or fall/winter time - once the class logbook is full - email it to us at butterfly@bermudamonarch.org. We'll post each class report online so the class can read their log online and see their school garden dot Bermuda's monarch map and health chart.
  • In addition, we encourage each class to create original paper reports that we'll arrange with each participating Affiliate School teacher to receive and review for our award nominations.
  • BMC's Award Committee will reward the Best Class of the Year for overall quality of gardening and reporting, originality, and acuity of observation in relation to class grade. The Committee will give out the Monarch Awareness Award annually. The winning class will receive free movie tickets!

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