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February 2017 Newsletter

Monarch Migration News:  The monarchs are still at the sanctuaries in Mexico, where they will stay until it warms up the beginning of March.


Monarch Watch and Monarch Joint Venture:  I am now a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, and The Monarch Alliance is a “partner” in Monarch Joint Venture.  This will provide The Monarch Alliance entre into a unique relationship with the most important monarch support organizations in America.  We will also very soon become a “program” of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS).  This will provide TMA with a home base and an ability to raise funds under PVAS’s exemption as a 501(c)(3) organization.  PVAS and Discovery Station will be signing an MOU to support the TMA programs in Washington County and West Virginia.


PVAS has received a grant from the WV office of the US F&WS for $20,000 to plant milkweed and nectar plants in two of PVAS’s refuges in WV.  TMA will provide assistance to those projects and possibly more if we can build up the TMA presence in WV.


Two New Junior Monarch Alliance Programs Launched:  We started two JMA programs in January – one at Discovery Station and one at North Jefferson Elementary School in Ranson, WV.  These will be monthly classroom meetings to prepare the children for some citizen science during the summer breeding season.  Jim Jenkins is involved with the North Jefferson program and Brittany Wedd for the one at Discovery Station.  Amy Moore, a new staffer for PVAS is a great help with the WV program.  The citizen science programs will be those from Journey North’s reporting program, the Monarch Lab’s Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, and Monarch Watch’s tagging programs.  


Annual Meeting:  I’ve been promising you an annual meeting now for some time.  This year we will be at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.  For those of you that haven’t been there, this is not to be missed.  Here is the url for NCTC,  The TMA Coordinating Committee will meet at 11 a.m., then everyone is invited to lunch at noon, and we will have a general meeting of all members from 1 – 3 p.m.


Need Help!:  This will be part of my regular monthly newsletters.  I am trying to establish lists of members who are willing to help out at our functions.  I have several lists:  you are probably most familiar with Barbara Rice’s list for waystation maintenance “angels.”  In addition, I have started a list for help for children’s activities, plant sales, and “other” help.  Please let me know if you are willing to be on the list.  When I need help in a certain area, I will send out an email to the particular list that may be involved.  You can let me know directly by email to



Upcoming events:  Our calendar is filling up fast.


--February 18, Discovery Station, Junior Monarch Alliance program (this will

be a monthly program)

--March 1, North Jefferson Elementary School, Junior Monarch Alliance program (this too will be monthly)

--March 12, Hagerstown Community College Flower and Garden Show

--April 28, City of Hagerstown Arbor Day Program at Kiwanis Park (TMA will talk to the children about monarch butterflies and plant milkweed)

--April 29, City of Middletown, Green Expo

--April 29, Annual Meeting of TMA at NCTC

--May 13, Greenfest, Boonsboro

--May 20, Milkweed Sale and Monarch Educational Program at Kiwanis Park

--May 27, Spring Perennial Plant Sale at Sunny Meadows Garden Center

--June 17, Grand Opening of City of Hagerstown Cultural Trail (TMA will put on a program mid-day)

--August 12, Mini – ID Workshop at Kiwanis Park on monarchs, other butterflies, caterpillars and nectar plants

--August 26, Washington County Master Gardeners Pollinator Palooza

--September 9, Monarch Tagging demonstration at Kiwanis Park

--September 16, Monarch Tagging demonstration at City Park

--September 25, Washington County Master Gardeners evening program


Monarch Discovery Days:  We will hold Monarch Discovery Days sometime in late August to late September, during the monarch migration window for our area.  Details of the program will be determined at the membership meeting.  I want our program this year to be bigger than last year’s with more events in West Virginia.


Regards and stay warm,



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