Kelley Mine Butterfly Byway
Butte, Montana, United States
Certified through 2022
Pollinators - Butterfly Garden
About the Program
The BP Kelley Mine Butterfly Byway replaces an area of land that was formerly a parking lot adjacent to an old mine. The garden, located in Butte, Montana, consists of 6,000 square feet of trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. Plant species were selected to provide pollinators with a variety of needs through different life cycle stages. The garden is maintained with the goal of providing a diverse array of plants that support both resident and migrating pollinator species. The area is surveyed regularly in order to document the pollinator species present.
Practices and Impacts
- The butterfly garden, which was installed in 2019, is designed to support a variety of species by providing the plants on which resident and migratory pollinators depend. Plants present include black-eyed Susan, little bluestem grass and various milkweed species. The garden also features basking rocks for wildlife, and picnic tables with umbrellas so that employees can enjoy the garden.
- Team members actively maintain the newly landscaped area with regular inspection, garbage pick-up and manual weeding to reduce the necessity for pesticide and herbicide use.
- The team works with Montana Tech University to monitor pollinator use three times per week from June through August. Species observed include bees, beetles, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds. The garden has proved to be migratory stopover ground for species like the monarch and cloudless sulphur.
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