NAUGATUCK RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Historically, NRWA has organized and/or sponsored a variety of conservation projects which have included: river bank cleanup (remove unsightly debris), planted flora (enhance scenic beauty), planted bushes, trees and grasses (increase riverine habitat for wildlife), planted willow bush cuttings (abate erosion) and erected bird nesting houses (increase bird population).
In 2015 NRWA added erecting BEE SHELTER and BUTTERFLY HIBERNATION SHELTERS and planting flora that attracts Bees and Butterflies. It plans to expand its Bee and Butterfly projects in the Naugatuck River Watershed.
The following describes what these shelters are and their function.
Butterfly Hibernation Shelters are used by butterfly species that hibernate and/or do NOT migrate. Shelters encourage butterflies that frequent gardens to remain through cold months. Shelters provide an incentive for active spring butterflies to lay eggs inside them.
Life Cycle: Adults mate-egg (ovum) develops-caterpillar (larva) form-chrysalis (pupa)-Adults
Butterfly Garden Food sources include: purple cone flower plants, phlox, coreopsis, wild aster, yarrow, bee balm, butterfly bush, honeysuckle, candytuft, goldenrod, dandelion, parsley, black eyed susan and wild columbine.
While honeybees have hives, solitary bees do not. They depend on shelters like this one to stay safe and keep healthy. We benefit from them, too. Without their pollination efforts, about one-third of our food supply would be at risk.
Bird Nesting Houses—The bird nesting houses erected in the Naugatuck Watershed by NRWA, Inc. are primarily designed for Blue Birds,Tree Swallows and Wood Ducks. NRWA works cooperatively with the conservation-minded groups.These groups include: Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, High School Ecology and ROTC students and middle school students.