We are pleased to announce that we have received a $400 grant in support of our project. In February, we submitted the design of our Monarch Butterfly Waystation for consideration by the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) for grant funding sponsored by the Bring Back the Monarch to Texas program. We were in competition with many other projects from around the state and we received the maximum grant amount of $400. This is great recognition for our project and the Driftwood community.
The funding is restricted to the purchase of milkweed and nectar plants beneficial to the Monarch butterfly. Over the next few weeks, members of the Beautification Committee and others will be purchasing the plants from various native plants sales in the area. We will need additional volunteers to help care for the plants until they are planted as well as clearing and preparing the beds for the plants. The schedule of activities will be posted to the calendar. Anyone interested in assisting should email the committee chair: vfullerusa @aim.com
In keeping with our slogan, “Home of Natural Sights and Starry nights”, the Driftwood United Methodist Church has graciously agreed to allow the DHCS and the Hays County Master Naturalists to create and maintain a natural area showcase for the benefit of the entire community on 10.5 acres in the heart of Driftwood. This is a long term project and the entire community is invited to participate in bringing the natural area to life. (Click the diagram for a larger image.)
The ultimate goal is to create a natural area that includes:
The first stage is the creation of a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. Monarch butterflies travel through Hays County in the spring and fall and need milkweed and nectar plants to support them while they are in the area. The Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) provides grant funding for projects that create and maintain gardens that support the Monarch migration. We received a $400 grant to purchase native milkweed and nectar plants for the waystation. Labor and other materials needed to establish the waystation will be obtained through donations and organizations that provide volunteers such as Texas Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, the DHCS, and members of the community. We will have a Master Naturalist or Master Gardener on site for every workday. All of the Master Naturalists who live in Driftwood have agreed to participate in the project and other MNs from Dripping Springs, Wimberley, San Marcos and Austin have agreed to participate as well. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in managing land for the conservation and maintenance of native plants, grasses, and trees, trail creation and maintenance, rainwater collection, wildlife, and night sky preservation.
Detailed work schedules and activities will be posted on this site as needed. Any and every one with gardening skills, work tools, or just interested in butterflies are welcome to volunteer their time and effort and/or donate materials. To volunteer, contact any committee member or DHCS at email@example.com.