The Kerr County Road and Bridge Department, which is responsible for mowing along roads in county rights of way, is responding to citizens’ pleas aimed at monarch butterfly conservation. The department says that public safety is always the number one priority but after receiving numerous requests to delay mowing in areas where milkweed is prevalent, the department has turned to a Texas Wildlife Department and Texas Nature Trackers biologist for additional input.
After consulting the expert several years ago, Kerr County Road and Bridge altered its mowing schedule in an attempt to minimize any adverse impact on the monarch butterfly migration patterns. As of late, the department usually mows in June and October, the two months that fall outside the normal migration patterns. With that said, the department starts its mowing season dependent on weather, as well. It takes roughly two months to complete one season of mowing.
Citizens who are interested in learning more information regarding the monarch’s life cycle in relation to the county’s mowing practices can pick up an informational packet available at the Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos Street in Kerrville.