We Are Official!

We at Birds on the Brink Sanctuary are delighted to share that we have met all requirements of the Pollinator Habitat Certification Program.

Certification Requirements: Besides milkweed for monarchs, there must be host plants for five additional butterfly species. It must provide four nectar sources for butterflies and other pollinators in each of three seasons (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Plants that bloom in more than one season can be counted in all the seasons in which they provide nectar. Host plants may also be counted as nectar plants.

There must be an appropriate water source for butterflies, a basking site, and shelter from weather, predators, and human activity.

Must practice at least nine conservation practices, with one of them eliminating chemical fertilizers and using natural fertilizers, such as compost and manure.

Our New England Aster host for the Pearl Crescent Butterfly in bloom.

(Video Below) Harvesting of the Milkweed Seed for next year’s planting in our Bentley’s Butterfly Garden. The Milkweed Flowers are an integral part of the butterfly garden. Growing milkweed supplies larvae of the Monarch with food and shelter. It provides the caterpillar both food and a resting place before they leave the caterpillar stage and become butterflies. Here’s an interesting fact: because the plant can be toxic, consumption of it protects caterpillars from predators. Also, the milkweed plant, unlike other pollinator plants, does not fluoresce when placed under a black-light.

 

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