Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MD Monarch Butterfly Conservation Grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently awarded the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) $32,000 from the Northeast Monarch Grants to States to support butterfly conservation and habitat restoration projects.

A large portion of the grant will help the state identify and restore 10 acres of butterfly habitat with assistance from the nonprofit Monarch Watch and Maryland Conservation Job Corps volunteers.

The remaining funds will go to the Masonville Cove Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership to restore a greenhouse in Baltimore that will be used to grow plants for butterfly gardens.

Maryland has begun planting habitat, including milkweed and other plants integral to the lifecycle of the monarch, on government land and properties.

DNR has also assisted in monarch butterfly tagging efforts within the migration corridor at places like Assateague and Deep Creek Lake state parks.

source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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