A San Antonio Zoo School child wore her butterfly shirt especially for today. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Festival to Fly into the Pearl

As the United States’ first official “Monarch Champion City” – a unique designation by the National Wildlife Federation for cities that adopt all of the federation’s 24 recommendations for Monarch conservation – San Antonio will host a fun and educational celebration in honor of the winged insects that travel through the city on their multi-generation migration from Mexico to Canada and back again.

Mike Casey and Peter Grojean paddle a canoe North on the San Antonio River. Photo by Scott Ball.

San Antonio River South Channel Gets a Reboot

The San Antonio River’s South Channel is finally getting some much-needed attention. In the past three months, the 1.5-mile stretch of the river that winds through the historic King William neighborhood from West Nueva Street to South Alamo, has seen the removal of invasive species, the first planting of three pollinator gardens, and a long overdue clean-up of rotting detritus that had occupied the river for almost a year.

Monarch forest

Copper Mine May Reopen at Monarch Butterfly Roosting Sites

While San Antonio embraces Monarch butterfly mania and its status as the National Wildlife Federation’s first and only Monarch Champion city in the country, our neighbors to the south are considering allowing Mexico’s largest mining company with the country’s worst environmental record to reopen an old copper mine in the heart of the migrating insects’ ancestral roosting sites.

Schulz Nursery has been in operation since 2007. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone

Schulz Nursery Closing its Doors

Another independent San Antonio plant nursery heads to the compost pile this month. Schulz Nursery, which has been growing plants for San Antonio gardeners and landscapers for more than five decades and operating its retail nursery on Broadway since 2007, is going out of business this month.