Barbara Willy, speaker and consultant for Monarch Habitats, works and speaks regarding new habitat at Brazos Bend Park. Willy is assisting Friendswood with information on the creation of such a habitat at Stevenson Park.

Rotary, KFB seek possibility of Monarch Habitat for Stevenson Park

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A Monarch butterfly habitat is being considered for Friendswood. The Friendswood Rotary Club is working with Keep Friendswood Beautiful to gather information about having a habitat in the new extension of Stevenson Park leading to the new bridge into Old City Park.

Recently, three representatives from Keep Friendswood Beautiful, Kim Ramirez, Mary Horn and Kaye Corey attended the Monarch Flyway at the Houston Zoo. There they met Barbara Willy and invited her to assist with the design of the new Monarch habitat.

Willy is the Founder and Director of a Fort Bend County non profit Monarch Gateway, an organization that seeks to create contiguous pollinator habitat across the coastal and central flyways of Texas.

Willy is meeting with all interested at the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce Nov. 17 at 5:15 pm. Her interest in native prairie restoration led her on an eight-year quest to develop a propagation method for the finicky native milkweeds of Texas. Last year Willy donated 7000 native milkweed plants to pollinator projects across Texas.

Monarch Gateway is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and leader of the Monarch Host Cities Partnership Project with a goal of creating contiguous Monarch Host Gardens on city and municipal properties along central and coastal Monarch migratory flyways.

Heritage Gardener members are also discussing such a habitat in Briscoe Gardens and are seeking ideas from Willy on the latest information on creating such a habitat for the gardening organization.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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