Spring planting in the FMI Miami Pollinator Garden

Courtesy photo/Gila Watershed Partnership Volunteers gather to plant milkweed in FMI’s Miami Pollinator Garden near the end of May.

Last Thursday the Gila Watershed Partnership delivered over 275 assorted milkweeds and 50 other pollinator plants to the FMI Miami Pollinator Garden in Claypool for a volunteer planting event. Both FMI volunteers and 11 Agri-Science students from Miami High School participated. The plants were provided by Southwest Monarch Study through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and were grown at the Gila Native Plant Nursery in Safford. The Gila Watershed Partnership and Southwest Monarch Study have partnered for the last two years to provide milkweeds to various agencies and conservation groups wanting to enhance monarch butterfly habitat. Populations of the western population of monarch butterflies have dropped precipitously in recent years.

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