After consulting with Monarch Rescue Mission Expert, Nina Veteto, Bennett David, Eagle Scout (and lifelong advocate for monarchs), Jonathan Marchal of the NC Arboretum, FSI students in grades 6-9 spent the last 2 days of school planting a monarch waystation to support the butterflies on their long migration from Canada to Mexico and back. Students will collect and analyze migration data to support the Annenberg Learner citizen-science Monarch Migration project: “Journey North”
Our Pollinator Project: “Bomb the Bank,” was also launched on these last days of school, as students learned about seed classification, dispersal, germination, pollinators, and our ecosystem pollinators of the southern Appalachian Cove Forest. FSI scholars had fun constructing seed bombs and bombing the meadow hillside acreage that adjoins the Monarch Waystation bordering our campus. We will continue to plant and tend this pathway in support of pollinators, both for our campus fruit trees and the health of our planet.
” Dear Ms. McDowell,These are photos (and other emails to follow) just taken on a cell phone. …The plan is for me to lead scouts in July
to make many more seed bombsfor FSI. When I get the roster of students and faculty from FSI we can calculate the manpower hours from the school and also provide credit to the scouts at FSI.I would like to be there with you for the Waystation sign installation. Please let me know about other events and keep me posted on the curriculum events with the waystation and meadow. I would really appreciate being included and being sent photos when I can’t be there.I am very grateful to have been a small part of making your amazing vision a reality. I have enjoyed meeting and working with you, your faculty and students.With Sincere Thanks,Bennett”(Seed Bombs)