Steps to save monarch butterflies

Picture of monarch butterflyJames F. McCarty writes in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the Monarch Wings Across Ohio project:

“As recently as three years ago, migrating monarch butterflies covered the trees at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island in the fall as they sought shelter on their epic migratory journey southward toward Florida or Mexico.

“Last year, the huge flocks of orange-and-black butterflies had disappeared from the lakefront park — anecdotal evidence of the monarch’s declining population caused, in part, by the loss of milkweed.”

CFAES’s Bee Lab is one of many partners on the project, which aims to plant milkweed and other plants needed by the butterflies. Read the story. (Photo: iStock.)

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