Everyone likes butterflies. To attract more of them to your yard, you need to provide more than just pretty flowers. To get a variety of species, you also need to have the plants that their caterpillars eat. And that means native plants, because non-natives provide food for few, if any, types of native caterpillars. Having those caterpillars is important for more than producing butterflies. Did you know that a pair of chickadees need several thousand caterpillars to feed to one clutch of nestlings?
We’ll take a look at what to plant, and other things that you can do to make your yard more attractive to butterflies, and to wildlife in general.
The May meeting will also include election of Audubon trustees for the coming year. Every year, we elect a third of our trustees, for three-year terms. This year, Penny Borgman, Heather Farrington, Jim Mundy and Jay Stenger have terms which expire, and all have agreed to serve another term. You can also nominate other candidates at the meeting, but it would be helpful to have your nominations in advance. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.
Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.