Published on November 18, 2022

2000 Wild Indigos Planted

Tidmarsh volunteers posing for a group photo

We had two hugely successful volunteer planting events at Tidmarsh and The Town of Plymouth's Foothills Preserve for our Endangered Species Candidate Conservation Action Funds Grant. We were joined by 17 staff and 34 volunteers over the course of two days to plant over 2,000 Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) plugs. We planted so much of this species because it is the host plant for the Frosted Elfin (Callophrys irus). The Frosted Elfin is a species of conservation concern in Massachusetts and is a candidate for the listing under the Endangered Species Act. We want to thank all of our dedicated community members, volunteers, and project partners that showed up to help us with this project!

A few days before we set out to plant the Wild Indigo plugs, we also drill seeded 3 areas at Foothills Preserve with a seed mix containing around 17 different native grass and pollinator species including Little Bluestem, Oxeye Sunflower, New England Aster, and Early Goldenrod (among others). We are looking forward to seeing these project areas in bloom next year!

What's next for this project?

The Wild Indigo plugs that the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department's Farm have been growing for us have been put to bed for the winter. Mass Audubon staff spent a beautiful fall day covering pots with a grass and straw mix. These plugs will stay in their pots dug into the ground and covered for the rest of the winter.

Our team and the Town of Plymouth's Natural Resource team will continue to remove woody debris encroachment from a project area at Tidmarsh throughout the fall and winter in preparation for more seeding and planting next year!