The 300for300 Pollinator Garden Initiative, our community wide effort to plant 300 new pollinator gardens for San Antonio’s Tricentennial year reached, 150 sign-ups this week. That means we’re halfway to our goal of 300, with about three weeks to our stated deadline of October 21 and our 2018 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival.

Our previous update August 11 had 81 local gardeners committing to plant nectar and host plants for pollinators and other wildlife. Since, that number has almost doubled as of this writing.

Our map plotting the pollinator habitats has gotten a bit crowded. Check it out, below. Click to view the full, interactive version.

San Antonio’s downtown District 1 still leads the pack with 38 habitats. District 8 comes in second with 21 habitats, and District 2 isn’t far behind with 17. Part of our original goal was to create 30 habitats in each of our 10 city council districts to reach 300. Distract 1 earn the distinction as FIRST to hit that landmark. Congratulations, District 1!

Our map is also a great reminder that butterflies know no borders. People from anywhere can sign up to participate in the 300for300 initiative. We currently have 22 habitats outside San Antonio’s city limits, which is the second largest group of habitats overall after District 1.

Keep in mind that San Antonio has always been known for its hospitality and the city’s embrace of pollinator habitats continues that tradition.

If you have friends or neighbors who might join us, please share this post with them and get ready to start planting! The cooling weather and plentiful rain make this the perfect time to start your own pollinator garden. Monarchs and other pollinators will start moving through the region soon. Have you noticed all those snout-nosed butterflies passing through town? Their abundance suggests a banner year for monarchs, too.

If you’re ready to start your habitat, then sign up on this page or read more about 300for300. If you’d like to purchase a pollinator habitat sign to tout your garden and help educate the community of the importance of wildlife pollinators, you can do so at our online shop.

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