If you want to go on a Field Team session, let us know, you’ll learn a lot about the area even monarchs. We really need your help, either letting us know if you see milkweeds or if you’d like to join one of our Field Team. You’ll learn about identifying and photographing plants, using GPS equipment and recording data on the Seeds of Success (SOS) and Xerces collection forms. And it’ll get you into areas in Southern Nevada that you will likely haven’t seen before.
We need your help! We’re out three times a week! Click on the Calendar option from the left-hand menu to see our schedule and information on signing up.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Asclepias speciosa||Showy milkweed|
|Asclepias erosa||Desert milkweed|
|Asclepias asperila||Spider milkweed|
|Asclepias subverticillata||Horsetail milkweed|
|Asclepias fascicularis||Narrowleaf milkweed|
|Asclepias cryptoceras||Davis milkweed|
|Asclepias subulata||Rush milkweed|
|Funastrum cynanchoides||Climbing milkweed|
Our propagation outplant efforts at Warm Springs, Wetlands Park, Spring Mountain Ranch and the Corn Creek Visitor Center (4850 plants) has been a learning experience for our team. Results won’t be in until October, but it looks like our Q-plugs, made with earthworm casings, seem to be an attraction for many rodents and birds. Attracted by the earthworm odor, they dig out and eat the plug and sometimes even eat the plant. It seems like the larger plants grown in potting soil are doing better, although that process takes additional time and labor to complete. Caging the young plants is an option and will be evaluated.
Out next outplant will begin in October with plants we will begin growing in the greenhouses in late August or early September. We’ll replant and seed all areas again as well as several others.
Join our Propagation Team, we are learning and certainly can use your help.
We are getting our project out and into the community. Recent sessions with The Master Gardeners of Nevada, The Nevada Heritage Society, The Nevada Native Plant Society, Green Our Planet, Red Rock Canyon’s Endangered Species Day, Red Rock Canyon’s Butterfly Day and The Audubon Society.
We have brochures about our project, display items, a PowerPoint presentation and would welcome your participation if you’d like to join our Outreach Team.
Although growing in the greenhouse is slow because of the heat this summer, we are still making progress and plans for beginning our fall planting in mid-August. Our goal is to have 5000 plants ready for outplanting by October.
In addition, we are planting an area at the nursery to properly display the different kinds of milkweeds we’ve located. Additional companion blooming plants to promote attracting pollinators will be planted as a monarch waystation. Lots of fun things going on at the nursery, if you have a green thumb or want one and have an interest in gardening, contact SNMP: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are just beginning seed collecting; July, August and September are our best months. Our field teams are out twice a week, locating and collecting data on each plant location. Once seeds are collected, we’ll clean and store the seeds, reserving some for planting and some for the SOS program.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) road graders are at it again this year, leveling over 500 Erosa milkweeds on Tecopa Road that we have been monitoring. Only 20 remain. Currently we are talking to NDOT to see if anything can be agreed to.
Also, we have poachers! Yes poachers, we’d been monitoring a large group of Rush milkweeds near Nelson and discovered that all seedpods were removed.
Check the summer schedule by clicking on the Calendar option from the left-hand menu. If you are registered in Volgisics you can also find it on the Volunteer Information Center (VIC).
Without our volunteers, we will fall short of our projects objectives and our work will probably go unnoticed. In our first six months of the project we’ve had 124 volunteers as well as 70 other partners and supporters express an interest in our project.
Earth day was on the 22nd, yet we celebrated it on the 23rd with Red Rock Day and our “Out Plant” at Spring Mountain Ranch.
In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.
The most important part of our day was the 52 volunteers, half of them were youth and the future of what our land will become. If we can get the message to them, then maybe that’s what’s it’s all about. I love the having the youth on our SNMP and what their parents are promoting to them.
Today we continued the effort and I realize that both the young and us older are in step with continuing what was begun in 1970. Thank you so so much for making this “Out Plant” happen!
We have updated our volunteer event schedule. Please click on Calendar from the menu at the left to see all our events for April and May.
On May 7th we’ll do a major “Out Plant”, about 60 miles NW of Vegas off of Hwy 15 and on the Muddy River. This “Out Plant” with be with Showy milkweeds, collected seeds at the Pahranagat wildlife refuge. We have 65 volunteers signed up for this plant (RSVP’s are closed), although we will have another plant at that site later on in May, it’s a great site and one that certainly fits the profile for our milkweed project. Let me know if you want to volunteer for that date.
We are keeping a list of milkweed sightings. When you are out, keep your eyes open, review our milkweed guide and report your findings to us (SNMP) and we’ll put one of our field teams on it. They will go see it, ID it, photograph it, take coordinates on it’s location and begin to observe it’s lifecycle, and hopefully be able to collect seeds from it. All this information is maintained in our Teams database and will be made available to all of our partners, the Monarch Joint Venture Society, The Xerces Society and the Nevada Heritage Society. Eventually, this data will be put into a map that will begin to show us where monarchs might frequent on their migration journey. Keep your eyes open, we need your help to make this project work. Here’s what we need:
The Xerces Society wants our monarch sightings (I have 2 this past week). Send them to us and we’ll log them all together and then send them to Xerces each 6 months. Here’s what we need:
Recently our team has spent some time in Pollinator Workshops, we’ve learned a lot and I believe we have begun to see the whole picture: Milkweeds, other blooming plants (producing nectar), the the actual life cycle of the monarch and then the other pollinators who, are frankly the future of our native plant’s ability to pollinate and reproduce for their own species. This challenge is, as you may know, is in jeopardy of what chemicals are being produced to alter our crops and even our native or natural lands. Our goal is to find, observe, furnish data, collect seeds and even propagate to test areas that may expand these plants and in turn support the safety of our dwindling monarchs.
One idea that came out in several of the classes I’ve taught to the Junior Master Gardener’s is making Bee houses? I’d like to throw that to our group? Especially with the families that did such a great job Saturday. There’s the project: Bees need places to lay their eggs, the seem to like holes (5/16” dia and 3 ˝” deep)) in wood. These Bee Houses are crucial to the growth of our bee colonies, which are in decline. Not just the production of honey, which we all love, but more so with their ability to collect pollen while the collect honey nectar, they actually are the ones that make pollination happens between plants, which expand and continue the growth of our plants. It’s pretty simple: We spray our plants with chemicals (roundup) we not only kill our plants, we actually kill our pollinators. By definition pollinators could be: the weather (wind or rain), birds, animals, and then certainly insects (both good and not so good), but once we look at the whole picture we’ll see that something just has to be done to protect our environment.
For starters, let’s each make one Bee House? I have about 25 bee houses made, and you are welcome to get them, just let me know and I’ll drop them off to you? It’s a start and if each family can have one, we can make a difference.
Our Milkweed Project officially started 12/01/2015, it will end on 12/01/2017 unless we are given another 2 year grant to continue our work. Currently we feel we are on point and making progress, seriously, because of our partners and your help.
We have a variety of opportunities available on our SNWP Team:
Let us know and we’ll get you into whichever you want, if you’ve got another idea, let us know?
Click on Volunteer Positions from the menu on the left-hand border of this page to get more information on volunteering.
To date we have had, in 4 months, 87 volunteers work with us and we have 65 partners and supporters behind us, for a total of 163 on our Team, this is super and I know that together the SNMP will make a difference for milkweeds and monarchs. We are on schedule for a big summer, finding and collecting, then growing, please be apart of our project?
What a great start with our two year project, here’s what we’ve done since December 1, 2015:
A big thank you goes out to Pat Williams and Kristi Weeks for the work they put into our first two milkweed information brochures that will be used in our community outreach programs and by our field teams to help with the identification process.
And then a big thank you to Melissa Sanders for another great SOS class.
What a great start, now let’s kick in the door and make it happen?
Our first quarter is complete and we’ve been busy, in only three months we have had 45 volunteer work sessions or Team meetings. We have had 48 volunteers participate on a variety of sessions including: Basic Introduction to Milkweed, Greenhouse training, Seeds of Success (SOS) training, GPS and Data Entry Training, Test plot plantings at the Wetlands Park and Big Bend State Park, Community Outreach, and a tour of the UNLV Herbarium USDA-NRCS and The Lake Mead national recreation area native plant nursery. Our volunteers recorded over 350 hours to the Project!
Our partners have been fantastic allowing us to access their lands (near 2.3 million acres), providing guidance, training and support in selecting areas to collect seeds and eventually the areas we can plant in.
Our Team has received 4 new Garmin GPS’s for data collection in the field. We are currently training on them and certainly need volunteers to come forward and join in. Data collection and inputting that information is a very important part of our Project and the SOS program. Send me an email if you have an interest.
Our Teams Milkweed information brochures are in the final design stage and will soon be ready to distribute to our partners and other interested individuals and groups in helping us locate plants. Hats, vest etc are also in final design and will be available shortly
Our planting future is in the Q-plugs we've tested, it will allow us to put our seedlings into a site without having to transplant them into larger containers! The week of 2/29 we'll begin planting 20,000 seeds to get the process started, we need your help, want to get involved? Let us know! Our first plant in the field will be 4/23 (25 volunteers signed up), the second is 5/07 (60 volunteers signed up). Be there for those, especially those of you who can take a team lead position, remember, we’ve committed to deliver 98,000+ plants by 12/31/2017 and these two plantings will be significant to our future.
I hope you all are having a great holiday season and are looking forward to 2016 and yes, the FORRC Southern Nevada Milkweed Project (SNMP).
Work on the $175,000 grant to restore Monarch butterfly habitat from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is underway. The projects are planned, and we’re getting amazing support from our partners that include the BLM, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nevada Dept. of Forestry and NV Div. of State Parks, and the Clark County Wetlands Park/Las Vegas Wash.
We’re reaching out you to see where you may want to fit into this project. Below I’ve included brief descriptions of the variety of positions available and the initial draft of the early stage training schedule. And it’s our hope that you’ll join the team and even bring new volunteers to this important conservation project.
This grant is a first for us, and it’s bigger than any other we’ve undertaken. Our success depends on you! We cover a broad band of types volunteer needs, no one is too young or old, too physically fit or not, too skilled or not, one volunteer or a group, we will find a place for you.
Training sessions will begin in January dates, and the actual field work starts in March. However, there are a couple of opportunities in you want to get involved in January and February including:
• Tending to our greenhouse plants. We have nursery space at Floyd Lamb to continue our planting process from the seeds we collected last summer. The schedule is flexible between Monday & Thursday. Just let me know if you want to join us.
• Planting milkweed seed in several “test” plots in within the project’s area (which is large!). We’ve already planted in Carp/Elgin, Big Bend State Park, and at the Clark County Wetlands Park. We need volunteers to help us test plant at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, an area on the Muddy River, and a demonstration area at The Floyd Lamb Nursery.
I’d also like to invite you on a tour of the UNLV Herbarium on January 13, 2016 at 9-11 AM. It’s meet up location will be provided later. Please let me know by return email if you will attend.
You may also want to mark your calendar for a Pollinator Workshop on April 2, 2016. Volunteer Agreement Procedures
All volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer agreement with the respective partner organization [s] where they intend to volunteer. I will you with the proper forms once you are scheduled and FORRC will need a copy as well. Tracking of all volunteer hours will be done through Volgistics. The FORRC Volgistics has already been programmed to include the various Milkweed volunteer activities. Because of the partnership between friends and the BLM, all volunteers on the project must have an up-to-date BLM volunteer agreement. We will work with each volunteer to ensure that all of the necessary paperwork is completed.
1. Team Leads (TL) - Six to 10 Team Leads needed, with a minimum of 5 volunteers who hold Department of Interior Driver Certification. Each Team Lead should have general knowledge or Interest in the program, attend appropriate training, and demonstrate the ability to manage and train team members on all facets of the program. After training, teams will volunteer two 8 hour days per month for the first year of the grant and three 8 hour days per month the second year.
2. Field Volunteers (FV) - Thirty-five (35) Field Volunteers needed, with a minimum of 5 volunteers who have Department of Interior Driver Certification. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in locating, identifying, photographing, recording GPS locations, and monitoring milkweed plants. Each volunteer will also need to collect milkweed seeds for the grant program, as well as for the BLM Seeds of Success program (SOS). Volunteers must be physically fit and comfortable with a variety of light to moderate hiking conditions. Some hikes are in rough areas, and all hikes may experience hot and humid weather conditions. After training, teams will volunteer two eight-hour days per month, seven months per year.
3. Seed Cleaning Volunteers (SCV) -20 Seed Cleaner Volunteers needed. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in cleaning and packaging milkweed seeds for the grant program, as well as the BLM Seeds of Success program (SOS). Volunteers may need to work in hot weather conditions. After training, teams will volunteer two 5 hour days per month, four months per year.
4. Greenhouse Volunteers (GV) -Twenty-five (25) Greenhouse Volunteers needed. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in propagating, monitoring, and readying milkweed plants for transplanting. Volunteers may need to work in hot weather conditions. After training, teams will volunteer two five-hour days per month for six months the first year and four months the second year.
5. Field Propagation Volunteers (FPV)-Thirty-five (35) Propagation Volunteers needed, with a minimum of five volunteers with the Department of Interior’s Driver Certification. Each volunteer should have knowledge or interest in planting demonstration areas, data collection and GPS mapping. Light to moderate physical activity is necessary, and volunteers may work in hot weather conditions. After training, teams will volunteer two 8 hour days per month, four months per year.
6. Data Entry Volunteers (DEV)-Each volunteer should have knowledge of data entry. Volunteers will input milkweed plant locations, data, GPS mapping coordinates, and photos. Knowledge of Google Earth or other mapping programs desired (but we can teach you if you aren’t familiar!). After training, teams will volunteer 15 hours per month.
7. Community Service Volunteers (CSS) -Ten Community Service Volunteers needed. Volunteers should be comfortable making presentations to civic, educational and public groups. After training, teams will volunteer two 4 hour days per month, four months per year.
8. Seeds of Success (SOS)-Ten Seeds of Success volunteers who have completed the BLM training. Our grant will submit certain collected seeds to the SOS program. SOS’s mission is to collect wild land native seed for research, development, germplasm conservation, and ecosystem restoration. The long-term conservation outcome of the SOS program is to support BLM's Native Plant Materials Development Program, whose mission is to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting resilient ecosystems. The intent is to reserve them in several seed vaults for future use. After training, teams will volunteer two 4 hour days per month, four months per year.
This grant is a first of this type for us and it is larger than any other grant we have undertook. Our success is clearly dependent on your help! Please keep me posted with your needs and comments, and certainly do bring new volunteers to us. We cover a broad band of types volunteer needs, no one is too young or too old, too physically fit or not, skilled or not, one volunteer or a group, we will find a fit for you.