2020 Milkweed Seed Pod Collection

STATEWIDE POD COLLECTION 2020
Contact Logan SWCD, 937-404-3143, for details on milkweed seed pod collection.

Pollinator Species are experiencing population declines across the United States. In particular,
the monarch butterfly has drastically declined here in Ohio and in the wintering grounds of Mexico.
In response to this decline the Ohio Division of Wildlife and other partners have created the Ohio
Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) to educate the public and help create beneficial habitat to
pollinators such as the monarch butterfly. OPHI formed after the 2014 petition to list the monarch
as federally endangered or threatened. The group’s primary focus is to find opportunities and other
partners to assist in the efforts to create habitat.


To help foster the creation of habitat for the monarch butterfly, OPHI in cooperation with Ohio
Soil and Water Conservation Districts is organizing a Statewide Milkweed Pod Collection this year
starting September 1ˢᵗand ending October 30ᵗʰ. Milkweed is essential to the survival of Monarch
Butterflies in Ohio and Ohio is a priority area for Monarchs. The monarch butterflies that hatch
here in the summer migrate to Mexico for the winter and are responsible for starting the life cycle
all over again in the spring. During September- October everyone is encouraged to collect Milkweed
Pods from established plants and drop them off at the nearest pod collection station. The majority
of Ohio Counties have a Milkweed Pod Collection Station most of them being located at the local
Soil and Water Conservation District office. You can find the location of your local SWCD office:
http://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/SWC/SearchLocalSWCD.aspx


To collect the seed pods from a milkweed plant it is best to pick them when they are dry, gray, or
brown in color. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked. It is best to
collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks. Avoid using plastic bags because they attract
moisture. Store seeds in a cool, dry area until you can deliver to the closest pod collection area.
Harvesting pods from milkweed plants does not have any effect on the population of milkweed in
established areas.


Drop off your seed pods at Logan Soil and Water Conservation District, 324 Rd 11, Bellefontaine,
OH. Our office is open Monday thru Friday, 7:30 to 4:30. Please call first to make sure someone is available to receive your seed pod harvest, 937-404-3143.  We will accept your harvest from September 1 through October 31, 2020.  Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Monarch Butterfly.