The Neponset River Watershed Association seeks your help to raise little, brown, weed-eating beetles, this spring and summer.
Individuals, families, schools, scouts and organizations are invited to protect the Metro Boston natural environment with the help of a battalion of tiny beetles.
According to NepRWA Restoration Manager Carly Rocklen, â€œWe offer a unique opportunity for people to get involved in hands-on, local environmental protection. Participants get to know a local parkland up close and personal, and they attain first-hand experience in restoring that very special environment and bringing back native wildlife and plants. Families work together in the sun and fresh air. Itâ€™s a win-win experience for each volunteer and for the Metro Boston environment.â€
Raising the beetles helps to boost native plant and animal diversity in the Fowl Meadow wetlands along the Neponset River. By chowing down on the infamous, omnipresent, exotic, invasive purple-flowering plant called â€œPurple loosestrife,â€ the beetles help restore balance between wetland species and produce a more wildlife-friendly wetland.
Beetle Ranchers must have: 1) A sunny yard with space to place a kiddie pool that is near a garden hose, and 2) Availability from March through July to participate in project activities.
Sign up to be a Beetle Rancher by contacting NepRWA Restoration Manager Carly Rocklen at 781-575-0354 x303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Beetle Ranching at: http://www.neponset.org. View project pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neprwa.
This project is implemented by the Neponset River Watershed Association and project partner the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The Neponset River Watershed Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Neponset River and its surrounding watershed lands and waterways. The Neponset River Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston, Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Quincy, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood.