Candlelight Ranch is fortunate to have Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge as a community partner. This summer, our ranchers had the wonderful opportunity to learn about the importance of monarch butterflies and other pollinators. As part of the hands-on learning experience, ranchers planted milkweed seeds in the butterfly garden and even took a field trip to nearby Balcones Canyonlands where they toured the pollinator field and waded in the creek to catch insects.
Balcones Canyonlands promotes monarch butterfly awareness and stewardship through conservation, habitat restoration, education, and community outreach. This partnership creates fun, educational opportunities for the ranchers to learn more about butterflies and their importance in our ecosystem and lives. One rancher put it best, “I want to fly in the air like them!” Fortunately, this camper’s wish was granted as she later flew through the air like a monarch on the high ropes challenge course!
Fun Fact: Did you know that three out of every four bites you eat is thanks to a pollinator? Currently, the 3,000 mile migration pattern of the monarchs, which fly south roughly along the I-35 corridor in the spring, is considered “at risk” due to the destruction of habitat from agriculture, drought, urban expansion, and deforestation.