August 26, 9 am – noon
Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve
Support these iconic insects as they begin their perilous migration to Mexico by helping to plant a Monarch Waystation.
Wau-Ke-Na is a terrific place for people to enjoy the natural features of the Lake Michigan shoreline, its coastal beech-maple forests, grasslands, clay bluffs, and waterfront. As it turns out, this property and region is critical to the health of monarch butterfly populations, too! After a hard year — and several generations of monarch caterpillars eating milkweed, emerging as adult butterflies, and laying eggs — many of Michigan’s monarchs start their perilous journey to Mexico along our very own Lake Michigan shoreline. Join SWMLC volunteers in making Wau-Ke-Na an even more inviting place, both for humans and for monarchs, by planting attractive native milkweeds and other nectar-producing plants that help boost the butterflies on their journey south.
SWMLC is in the second year of its commitment to expanding our “monarch waystation” planting at Wau-Ke-Na for these iconic insects and to raising awareness of their plight.
RSVP’s are always nice: just shoot a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming!
WHEN: Saturday, August 26, 9 am – noon
WHERE: Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve, Ganges Twp., Allegan Co.
BRING: Work-wear (sturdy shoes, grubby work clothes, weather appropriate) and gloves. SWMLC will provide tools, water, and a snack.
DIRECTIONS: Wau-Ke-Na is situated 1 mile north of Glenn. From Hwy. 196/31, take the Glenn exit (exit 30) to Blue Star Memorial Hwy (also County Road A2). Go southwest about ½ mile on Blue Star Hwy. to where 70th St. (aka Lakeshore Drive) merges with Blue Star Hwy. Make a hard turn north onto 70th St. and go about ½ mile. The gravel entrance to the preserve will be on the west side of 70th St.