Pelathe District 2015 Good Turn Service Project
May 9, 2015 and beyond
Pelathe District (Douglas County Boy Scouts) has adopted the Monarch Watch as our annual Good Turn Service Project. Each year, Scouts around the world select and engage in community service project that benefit the community. Pelathe District Scouts have a longstanding relationship with the City of Lawrence in meeting the requirements each year to be named as a “Tree City, USA”. While we will continue in that effort, we learned of the declining population of pollinators which has dramatically impacted our ecological systems in our area.
The Monarch butterfly is rapidly losing habitat and resources in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Scouters in the Pelathe District are establishing a district pilot program and working with Scouts and Scouters in Canada and Mexico to do the same. It is hoped that within a year, this will become an international Good Turn project involving Scouts in 3 countries.
Our project is to establish a number of Monarch Waystations, located at various strategic places around Lawrence and Douglas County. Waystations, which can be areas as small as 100 square feet, with plants required for Monarch butterflies to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. The primary plant in the Waystation is the Milkweed. Our project is done in cooperation with Monarch Watch which is dedicated to the preservation of the Monarch migration by working together to create, conserve, and protect Monarch habitats.
Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the Monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. Monarch Watch strives to provide the public with information about the biology of Monarch butterflies, their spectacular migration, and how to use Monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools. To learn more about Monarch Watch, click here: Monarch Watch
Another crucial partner in our project are the Master Gardeners of Douglas County. The Master Gardeners will work with the Scouts to ensure that they understand proper soil preparation and planting techniques for milk weed, a plant vital to the Monarch's reproductive cycle and a source of food for the butterfly. They will also teach the importance of sustainability and how working together we can make a difference. To learn more about the Master Gardeners visit their website. Master Gardeners of Douglas County