If you notice some large seedlings popping up right now that look like this, it might be common milkweed.
If you let it be, it will grow into a large (~3 feet) plant with pink blooms loved by pollinators .
This plant is also the preferred host species for the Monarch caterpillar, so you may even get a striped visitor later in the summer.
Then, keep an eye out for a nearby chrysalis and emerging Monarch that will grace your garden before participating in the greatest butterfly migration event on Earth.
Yes, you can help make that happen by allowing milkweed to grow in your yard!
Please share your pictures of native plants and pollinators.
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Climate change, shifts in disturbance regimes, and an increasing prevalence of non-native invasive insects, diseases, and plants have created considerable uncertainty around how to best care for our forests into the future. In response to this challenge, a series of forest adaptation studies are being established across Vermont, including on the Catamount Community Forest, to learn more about how to sustain key forest ecosystem functions, including wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration, under novel environmental conditions.
Join Dr. Tony D’Amato, Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, and the Catamount Community Forest Committee for a webinar on Tuesday, May 5 at 7-8:30pm discussing the effects of climate change on our forests, opportunities for adaptation and the overview of this specific project at the Catamount Community Forest.
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