seeds for swallowtails: let’s feed the tigers on sf’s market street

posted December 10, 2015

A nature story is unfolding above San Francisco’s chaotic Market Street. The Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly and its allies – Peregrine Falcons, Red-masked Parakeets, Bumblebees, Echo Blues, Red Rock Skimmers, and other urban creature – are making habitat along San Francisco’s civic spine.

This accidental ecosystem is missing something: nectar-producing flowers to feed adult butterflies and other wildlife. 

But you can help: sponsor a plant! For every $5 raised, Nature in the City will plant Zinnia, Verbena, Statice, Echinacea, and Tithonia (all preferred nectar flowers) from seed; we will care for the seedling until maturity and then give it a permanent home. Plants destined for Market Street will flood rooftop and community gardens, nearby parks, sidewalk planters, medians, and public plazas. A donation of $50 dollars will sponsor 10 plants, and a donation of $1000 will sponsor 200. What’s more, a generous Nature in the City donor (Kindy French) has offered to match all donations up to $5000, meaning that when we reach our goal, 2000 new flowering plants will support wildlife on Market Street!

With a nod from nature, let’s help build a beautiful Market Street, feed the Western Tiger Swallowtail, and create lasting ecological integrity together.

Visit natureinthecity.org to learn more about this project, and sponsor a plant today!

Visit their indiegogo site to contribute more!