Please join us in working to encourage monarch butterfly habitats by reading this great and informative article from the Dallas Morning News.
Recently, our Project Director Bob DeJean reported that local resident Carol had observed hundreds of monarchs “streaming by the windows… They appeared to be hugging the shoreline of Lake Ray Hubbard… and she had made several separate one minute counts of Monarchs passing in front of her, and those four counts averaged out to around 50 Monarchs per minute! This density seemed to persist for at least one and a half hours. It might have started earlier and gone later. Only a few were stopping to nectar, mostly engaging in gliding flight towards the South. Some flew quite high, and others low. Others throughout the state have reported seeing hundreds of monarchs (about 300 monarchs) flying in groups and hiding in blooming flowers on their way southward.
Are you seeing Monarchs still? Have you ever reported these sightings on the wonderful website Journey North? Use this link to report your sightings, and track the Monarch migration to Mexico. Journey North’s website is journeynorth.org.
Happy Monarch Sightings!
On September 21, 2019, the Rockwall County Open Space Alliance was honored to present a program on Monarch Butterflies to a great group of children and their families at the Rockwall County Library. We had several requests for the presentation that was presented, so here it is! Click here to access a pdf version of the slides. We hope you enjoy it and are thankful to those who attended the session!
Ernie and Becky Burkett of Shannon’s Farms donated five young pecan trees to our 2018 Sunset & Stars BBQ silent auction. Long-time supporter, Dr. Nathan Hodges, bought one in support of the RCOSA’s efforts to raise money for projects within Rockwall County that can promote trails, parks and open spaces. Today was planting day at Dr. Hodges’ home in McLendon-Chisholm. Thank you to Dr. Hodges for supporting RCOSA and to Shannon’s Farms for providing the young pecan trees to beautify our land!
A History of Land Use in Rockwall County is a new presentation provided to our supporters and to all county residents that provides interesting and useful information about how land use has changed over the 150+ year history of Rockwall County. We have gone from an agrarian-based economy to one that is vibrant with industry, small business, and many sub-developments across the county. This presentation is an automatic slideshow which will give the reader a glimpse into the reasons why Rockwall County Open Space Alliance and our mission and goals are so important! Enjoy! Click here to watch the show!
Thanks to you, our supporters, we raised money in our ticket sales, silent & live auction, and raffle that will be used for the benefit of Rockwall County’s open space, trail connectivity, and watershed protection goals!
We are pleased to announce that Heath Mayor Brian Berry signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge at the August 22, 2017 City Council meeting. “I am pleased to join Mayors from all over Texas in taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species and our state butterfly,” said Mayor Brian Berry. “This is an especially good time to take this action as our Park Board initiates a new Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan which can address enhancing habitats that promote and preserve native wildlife.”
The Rockwall County Open Space Alliance board is very excited that Heath is joining the City of Rockwall’s Mayor and other area Mayors in this important statewide initiative!
The rain is forecasted to end early this afternoon in plenty of time for our Sunset & Stars BBQ event! See you all at 6:30pm at Summerfield at Tate Farms.
Join us for a Wildflower Tour hosted by the Nature Conservancy at the Clymer Meadow Preserve on US 69 in Celeste, Texas. May 20, 2017. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-752-0676.
Click here for more information about this wonderful opportunity to experience one of the last remnants of the Blackland Prairie!
Monarch Butterfly Recovery Effort
- The beautiful Monarch Butterfly is The Texas State Insect “Butterfly”
- The Monarch is the only Butterfly to migrate a thousand miles from southern Canada and from one spot in central Mexico and always comes through Texas each Spring and Fall feeding, reproducing on the way
- Monarchs are in serious decline -‐ we Texans can help their recovery
- Guarantee that our Grandchildren will witness these beautiful Monarchs migrating by the millions to announce each Spring and Fall
- Become a member of the Rockwall County Open Space Alliance
- See rockwallosa.org and join (it’s free)
- Become active in providing for your family’s green space future
- Donate whatever time, talent and treasure you can
- Plant Native Milkweed and other Nectar Plants in your home garden
- Purchase seeds and plants from local nurseries
- Apply for grants of seeds and plants from Monarch organizations
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Monarch Watch
- Native Plant Society of North Texas
- Monarch Wranglers (Laura Bush)
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park
- And others
- Create a Monarch Way Station (link: Monarch Watch)
- Avoid pesticides on your plants, when purchasing plants and choosing organically grown foods
- Apply beneficial insects to prevent and control aphids
- Use a hard spray of water to remove large infestations
- Buy organically grown plants to protect feeding and laying Butterflies
- Spread the Word
- Learn about the unique Monarch Butterfly and help educate our children
- Encourage your Mayor to take the Mayors Monarch Pledge
- See the national website: Mayors Monarch Pledge
- Initiate Monarch Gardens in your community for the Recovery Effort
- School yards
- City parks
- HOA Common Areas and Other Open Space Areas
Click here to view the 2015 Rockwall County Open Space Master Plan created by Verdunity/WRT for the Rockwall County Commissioners Court.
At the January 26, 2016 meeting of the Rockwall County Commissioners Court, the commissioners and county judge unanimously approved the Open Space Master Plan submitted by Kevin Shepherd of Verdunity, Inc. representing his team in partnership with WRT Design, Inc.
The Open Space Alliance Executive Committee and member cities are thrilled that this important step was taken and appreciate the confidence and support of our commissioners (David Magness, Lee Gilbert, Cliff Sevier, and Dennis Bailey) and County Judge David Sweet.
Next steps are being determined at this time as to the appropriate funding mechanisms to consider and adopt as well as the organizational structure for our ongoing monthly meetings. Any decisions made within the next month or two will be provided to you as they become available.
Thank you to everyone for your support and contributions in this process. We look forward to what this means for Rockwall County, our cities, and citizens!