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.
Move over, San Antonio.
The American Snout butterfly, Libytheana carinenta, is currently moving around the IH-35 pollinator corridor, clogging windshields and car grills along the way.
Conditions are ideal for Monarch butterflies in Texas this fall, but a freak spring ice storm at their ancestral roost in Mexico has migration forecasters calling for a setback in their population numbers.
He would not have wanted a sad show.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio has joined a growing coalition of local institutions dedicated to helping the city fulfill its role as a Monarch Champion City.
If you haven’t visited the San Antonio Zoo in a while, this weekend’s Monarch Fest offers a good reason to do so.