“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a partner of Monarch Joint Venture, the nation’s most established network of monarch conservationists. MJV has just released Mowing: Best Practices for Monarchs.
When maintaining a native plant habitat for monarchs or other pollinators, proper management is a must. Mowing is one practice that can help control woody vegetation or weedy species and prevent undesirable species from setting seed if timed appropriately. It is important to apply pollinator-friendly best management practices when using any habitat management technique, such as mowing, grazing, prescribed fire, or pesticide application. MJV’s new handout titled “Mowing: Best Practices for Monarchs”, provides regional timeframes during which management activities may be less detrimental to local monarch populations. While the document is targeted for mowing best practices, the timing windows are applicable across different management techniques as well. The recommended windows were created based on:
This informational handout is one of many that the MJV offers and they’re great for sharing!