Birds and Wildlife

This committee works for the preservation and public education of birds and/or wildlife on the island.  Since June 2016 the committee has concentrated on educating the public on the plight of monarch butterflies and on trying to improve their habitat in our local area.  We began with large butterfly planters filled with milkweed for caterpillars and nectar plants for the butterflies.  In 2018, the Borough of Barnegat Light acquired land for a public park and gave the garden club an area to manage specifically for butterflies. The garden is located on West 7th street (opposite Kubel’s).  Come visit.

Butterfly and Pollinator  Garden – June 2020

Photos: JoAnne McKee

 

Butterfly Pollinator Garden July 2020

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Photos: Bonnie Brodman

The committee has added many flowering plants donated by garden club members.
These include Shasta daisies, coneflowers, phlox, loosestrife, rose of Sharon and black eyed Susans.  The garden is now larger than its original size. Many thanks to our donors, Jackie Ostberg, Joyce Hillyer, Mary Wilding, JoAnne McKee and Bonnie Brodman.  Thanks also to the Boro of Barnegat Light for providing and installing mushroom soil for the garden.
This is a now a pollinator garden welcoming bees and birds as well as all kinds of butterflies.  The garden won the East Orange Silver Trophy award from the Garden Club of NJ in June, 2019 and the Jean Ladson Outstanding Achievement Award 3rd place from the Central Atlantic Region of state garden clubs in October, 2019.

 

 Monarch Population 2020

The eastern monarch butterfly population is down around 53% this year.  The population of butterflies over-wintering in Mexico was below levels needed to avoid extinction.  Both the fall and spring migrations had poor weather conditions and 165 acres of habitat were lost to herbicide spraying.  The monarch butterfly is currently being considered by the US government for endangered specie status.  A decision is expected by December.
The garden club no longer recommends hand raising of monarchs because studies have shown that, when compared with naturally hatched butterflies, the hand raised butterflies are sometimes confused about the direction they must take to get to Mexico and they are also less physically fit for the journey.
The garden club is doing what it can in regards to education (encouraging planting of milkweed for the caterpillars and nectar flowers for the butterflies).
Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly
Butterfly Host Plants for South Jersey

Unfortunately many nurseries and some big box stores sell invasives, however there are also nurseries that provide native plants. Four Ocean County nurseries providing native plants listed:
Cicconi Farms, 1005 Farmingdale Rd., Jackson, 732 363-1420
Hammett’s Landscaping & Garden Center, 425 U.S. Hwy 9, Forked River 609 971-0453
Hoch’s Landscaping & Garden Center, 229 S. Main St., Barnegat 609 361-4310
Rare Find Nursery, 957 Patterson Rd., Jackson 732 833-0613
and 4 in Atlantic County:
Atlantic Nursery, 3072 Cologne Ave., May’s Landing 609 965-2553
Earth First Native Nursery, Egg Harbor Township 609 287-5090
Galloway Nursery, 1121 Alice St., South Egg Harbor 609 965-2071
Summersweet Native Plants, Mays Landing (Open by appointment only. Call or e-mail Joseph at JosephDRussell84@gmail.com 609 287-0586.

Speaking of butterflies...

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Attracting Monarchs to your garden…

Here are just a few of the local plants that will draw adult Monarchs to your garden. Click on a picture to enlarge.