MILKWEED POD COLLECTION TO START SEPTEMBER 20
PLANTING MILKWEED FOR MONARCHS IS VITAL!
To help foster the creation of habitat for the monarch butterfly, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI), in cooperation with Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts is organizing a Statewide Milkw**d Pod Collection this year starting September 1st and ending October 31st.
Milkw**d is essential to the survival of monarch butterflies in Ohio and Ohio is a priority area for monarchs. The monarch butterflies that hatch here in the summer migrate to Mexico for the winter and are responsible for starting the life cycle all over again in the spring.
Since 2015, volunteers have collected approximately 5000 gallons of common milkw**d seed pods, totaling over 22 million seeds! Milkw**d is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing. It also serves as a food source for Monarchs as well as many other pollinator species. The disappearance of milkw**d across the U.S. has contributed to the 80% decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population over the last 20 years.
During September - October, everyone is encouraged to collect Common Milkw**d pods from established plants and drop them off at a pod collection station. The majority of Ohio counties have a Milkw**d Pod Collection Station, most of them being located at the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office such as the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District.
Due to the climate here in Lake County our Milkw**d Pod Collection will run from September 20 - October 31.