Today’s the day. Spring is here.
How is YOUR garden?
We just celebrated a few days celebrating the nature that surrounds us.
March 14- National Butterfly Day
March 19 – National Backyard Day
March 20- Spring Officially Begins
Anita Camacho, the Founder of the Butterfly Conservatory of Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Butterfly Foundation is excited about Spring. In her world, every day can be Spring like. She’s all about putting Florida back in Florida.
She is an expert and is in demand to share her plant green thumb know how.
This nature lover says anyone can make their yards more beautiful and more inviting if they just add a few things to start. It begins with milkweed and a nectar plant. That’s it to begin. Camacho says this can be done in an easy to manage way by starting with a flower pot on a patio or deck or in a larger more dedicated area in your yard. She says you can start small and then grow it and watch the wonder of all the winged creatures that stop by.
She says the butterflies are not only beautiful, they are a critical component and important bellwether of our environment. The tiny winged creatures are critical in preserving the world’s biodiversity, but many butterfly species are under serious threat.
Recent butterfly counts reveal the big need to pay attention to the species.
118 butterfly species breed and reside in the Tampa Bay area and approximately 200 species are visitors of the state. Many butterflies found in Florida are found nowhere else in North America. With Camacho’s expertise, she encourages outreach and education to stress the importance of conservation to embrace and protect the pollinator habits.
Camacho is also the owner of the Little Red Wagon Native Nursery in South Tampa. She loves teaching and leading groups to embrace their inner nature lover self.
Do you want to immerse yourself in nature? You can!
There are many volunteer opportunities offered by the Little Red Wagon Native Nursery
Here are upcoming events.
Encore Park Volunteer Opportunity
Center for Conservation Maintenance
Butterfly Walk at Picnic Island
Go to https://butterflytampa.com/volunteer-opportunities to learn more.