National HQ • Entered by Laura Glismann on March 10, 2021
Making Milkweed Seed Balls
May 1, 2021 – May 1, 2021
Participants and Hours
|Pre Planning hours||3|
|Post Admin hours||1|
Key Issue: Wildlife Protection
Activity Type: Stewardship (monitoring, sampling, planting, etc.)
Key Partners: Southern Nevada Milkweed Project, Rock Rock Audubon Society, Great Basin Water Company
Landscape/area: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Outcome 1: Milkweed seed balls prepared (500 Seeds in seed balls)
Short Description of Activity
Seed balls are a way to easily transport fragile seeds and give more assurance to successful germination. Milkweed seeds are naturally wind propagated. Seed balls guarantee placement of milkweed seeds in degraded and barren areas on public lands that need revegetation in any case.
It was a hoot! Seven Broads joined in the event, brought food and drink, got their hands deep into the mush of clay and sand and burro biscuits to roll up 500 seed balls. After a break, two milkweed seeds were rolled led into each seed ball and separated into bags of approximately 10 separate bags for planting.
While cleaning up, dates and locations for seed ball distribution were discussed, and agreed upon.
The next step after planting the seed balls is to develop a system for monitoring the germination area throughout the growing season.
Here is a picture of germinating seedlings from seed balls, not milkweed, and another picture of a future planting site.