Conservation & Eco-Tourism
Along with our farm animal rescue and protection work, we will create wildlife habitats for animals in danger, bring back native species of plants and create sanctuary space for pollinators in need. We are creating education programs that are accessible to a broader audience and hope to bring together nature conservationist and animal protectors in a full circle of care and respect for all.
Pictured above is a monarch butterfly on a flowering milkweed plant, which is the sole host for the struggling monarch butterfly. The leaves of all milkweed species are the ONLY food that the caterpillars of beautiful American Monarch Butterflies can eat. Because milkweed is poisonous to most animals grown for meat, farmers have tried to eradicate it from their fields and pastures. Indeed, eradication of milkweed both in agricultural areas as well as in urban and suburban landscapes is one of the primary reasons that monarchs are in trouble today. Our first conservation project at Tamerlaine will be to create a Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.
In the spring of 2019 we will conduct a botanical survey and stewardship assessment of our property with three principal aims: to yield a comprehensive understanding of the habitats on the farm, to support environmental stewardship of those habitats in a way most beneficial to native plants and wildlife, and to provide ecological information about the farm that can be used in educating visitors and captivating their interest in the natural landscapes of the Farm.
We looking forward to sharing more about our conservation and eco-tourism projects for 2019 and beyond.