The City of Parkville recognized a local Boy Scout for his hard work in helping to enhance the Parkville Nature Sanctuary through his Eagle Scout project. Daniel Cowley from Boy Scout Troop 1495 was presented with a certificate of recognition from Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan and Mayor Nan Johnston at the Board of Aldermen meeting on June 19th.
Following the lead of Project Monarch Watch, headquartered at the University of Kansas, Daniel Cowley completed his Eagle Scout project by establishing a Monarch Waystation at the northern end of the Bluebird Trail. The waystation is a key component of the Monarch Watch Program.
The Monarch Waystation addresses the issue of declining numbers in Monarch butterflies from the loss of habitats. It provides butterfly nectar sources and milkweeds for a food source for the emerging caterpillars. Dozens of native milkweed plants were planted in small groups in a two to three acre section of the sanctuary. In addition, seeds of nectar-producing flowers were incorporated into the planting areas. Daniel followed up planting with weeks of watering to monitor and establish each small area.
Mayor Johnston said, “The Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a 115-acre natural area with 2.8 miles of trails that is maintained almost entirely by volunteers. We thank Daniel for his work in helping improve our community and look forward to seeing the results of the Monarch Waystation and the benefits to the Nature Sanctuary.”
For more information about the Eagle Scout project or to volunteer, contact Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan at (816) 741-7676.