ALTO PASS (WSIL) -- Rendleman Orchards is doing their part to give back to the land and support Monarch butterflies. The Orchard is now being recognized as an official Monarch Waystation.
"We are getting those signs in place so that all of our visitors can see them and they can be on the look out for Monarchs," adds Michelle Sirles, Vice President of the Orchard.
Sirles says there were several requirements to complete before being recognized. "You have to have a certain number and type of various milkweeds. You have to have at least 5 milkweeds and then you also have to have various flowering plants."
A Monarch Waystation serves as an area that provides Monarchs with a safe haven to sustain their migration and produce new generations.
"We provide shelter for them with all of the plants and flowers where they breed. You can usually just see the butterflies in flight, you can't really see their whole life cycle but it does take place in nature. That's one of the reasons that we wanted to plant some fields away from the areas that are open to the public," explains Sirles.
The Monarch is known for it's long migration to Mexico and Sirles says she's happy to help conserve the species. "We want that phenomenon of the butterflies to come back to the U.S. and Canada. We want everyone to enjoy them and their beauty. It's just a way for us to not only put some of our land in the conservation efforts but also do our part as farmers to contribute back to the land."
Rendleman Orchards currently has 10 acres of pollinator fields. Four of those acres are open to the public.