NCSU golf course and BASF partner to help monarch butterflies

NC State University professor emeritus Harold Coble saw an opportunity to help the threatened monarch butterfly at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. As a consultant for BASF, Coble knew about the project Living Acres, a BASF effort designed to promote growing milkweeds in non-agricultural areas like golf courses.

Since the Lonnie Poole was established as a sustainable golf course, Coble figured that it would be an ideal place for BASF to establish a monarch butterfly habitat. He approached the golf course management with the idea.

“I happen to serve on the university advisory committee for the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and so I brought this idea to that committee and they all bought in 100 percent,” Coble told the NC State Technician during an interview. “They [BASF] thought it was a great idea to develop a monarch butterfly habitat on the Lonnie Pool Golf Course.”

Six months later, BASF donated 500 milkweed plants. Coble and several volunteers planted the donated plants, in addition to another 200 donated by the Monarch Watch.

The volunteers also planted wildflowers to provide a source of nectar for the butterflies. Monarch butterflies migrate from Mexico to southern Canada, so they require a lot of different energy sources.

The Lonnie Poole is the first golf course that has planted milkweeds donated through Living Acres.

To read the entire story, see the Technician.

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