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Butterfly & Bee Habitat

Notice to Our Butterfly and Bee Habitat Visitors

Our Butterfly & Bee habitat has suffered from extreme weather the past 2 years. Lack of rain for 2 summers has allowed aggressive weeds to take over the butterfly plants and a warm winter caused many plants to emerge early, only to be slammed with sub-zero temperatures on Valentine's weekend in February. The buds on the butterfly bushes died and the shrubs never recovered.

It is our intention to renovate the habitat this fall. Plants that are worth keeping will be dug up, potted and saved. Remaining plants will be removed. The habitat will be divided into sections, and we are hoping that we can recruit individuals or groups to "adopt" a section and care for it throughout the growing season. We also hope to install some type of watering system so that the plants remain healthy and well hydrated for our pollinators

Anyone wishing to assist with the renovation this fall (date to be determined), please contact QRWA at 203-237-2237 and leave a message.

Record Journal Article - Decline of Monarch's B&B Habitat

Click here for full article and video

Special thanks to QRWA Member and Advanced Master Garderner Becky Martorelli,  for her continued support and dedication in the upkeep of the habitat.  For more information or to volunteer contact Becky at (203) 213-4366. Becky has donated a mail box at the entrance of the habitat where you will find a map of the layout of the plants and also a visitor's guest book.  

Photos by B. Martorelli

Master's Project Inspires Habiat
Our heartfelt thanks to CL&P and Yankee Gas Services for awarding a $2500 grant to QRWA to begin the habitat, and JoAnne Grabinski, for requesting the use of the grounds at the QRWA Headquarters to make the habitat for her masters project. The aim of the project was to create a sanctuary for butterflies and bees as they are nature's pollinators and a key component to a healthy and sustainable food source. Recently, honey bees have experienced Colony Collapse Discorder, or CCD, where the bees just leave the hive for no apparent reason. And that has a tremendous impact: no bees equals no pollination therefore no food.