Helping the Monarch Butterfly

Members of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 76112 and Junior Girl Scout Troop 78111 of Barnstable went out on the land, digging in the dirt to help save Monarch butterflies. The Scouts, along with representatives of the Monarch Project of Cape Cod and Barnstable Land Trust, planted more than 60,000 milkweed seeds at BLT’s Fuller Farm in Marstons Mills!

The event was coordinated and seeds contributed by the Monarch Project of Cape Cod, in coordination with the Waquoit Congregational Church, which distributes free milkweed seeds in collaboration with area gardeners, school and community groups, land trusts and others.

The butterflies depend on the milkweed plant to survive; in fact, milkweed leaves are the monarch caterpillars’ sole source of food. For a variety of reasons, however, milkweed is vanishing across America, threatening the very existence of the magnificent Monarch, which migrates 3,000 miles north to the US and Canada from Mexico.

For more information about the Monarch Project of Cape Cod or to find out how you can help, contact Paul Rifkin at paulrifkin@comcast.net.

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