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Dear Friends of the Monarch Trail,

It’s that time of year again and we need your help in collecting milkweed seeds!

In order to preserve the monarch migration we need more milkweed throughout the entire country. Please collect milkweed pods from your garden or nearby places for us to grow and to send to other monarch organizations. Any type of milkweed is welcome, but we especially need Orange Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepius tuberosa), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepius incarnate), and always Common Milkweed.

Here’s how:

SEED COLLECTING AND PROCESSING

Collect pods- use paper bags--and bring them to the collection site: (Barb and Dick’s Wildflower Florist, 12326 W Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226) There is a collection bin on the west side of the building.

Label each bag: 1) Species of Milkweed (i.e. common, swamp, etc.), 2) Date of collection, 3) Zip Code

We encourage you to recruit your class, school, scout group, neighborhood association etc. to organize a collection project. The end of September through October is the best time to collect pods.

WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE TO COLLECT MILKWEED SEED PODS

When the pods are first beginning to split (ripe but as yet to open pods should split upon touch and the seeds should be brown or “browning up”). Do not collect pods in which the seeds are white, cream colored or pale.

How much should I collect? Collect as much as you can! Two to four onion bags of pods will yield about one pound of seeds.

**********ADVISORIES**********

Milkweed sap can damage your eyes. Wear gloves while collecting milkweed pods and avoid contact with eyes. Wash your hands carefully after handling milkweed pods.

Once collected—we will dry them and hold a “Milkweed Shucking” event so everyone can come help separate the seeds from the fluff. This is REALLY fun! The Milkweed Shucking date is Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1-3 pm at the Monarch Trail (please visit our website for a map). Look for the colorful flags and you will find us and the fluff! Please follow us on Facebook and visit our website at www.theMonarchTrail.org for updates.

Thank you for your support!

Please join us Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1-3 pm:

Milkweed Seed & Fluff Party at the Monarch Trail (rain date 10-29-17)

(Last year was SOOOO fun!)