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A monarch butterfly sipping nectar from swamp milkweed flower.

Volunteers needed at Dublin Park on Saturday to help plant milkweed seeds for monarchs

Crews with the City of Madison have ben working to prepare the area needed to plant the milkweed seeds. The seeds will be planted between soccer fields 6 and 7 at Dublin Park on Saturday.
MADISON – It may be raining today, but the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high around 53 on Saturday. It will be the perfect weather to gather at Dublin Park in Madison to help with a special project.
The Rotary Club of Madison is heading up a local “Saving the Monarch” initiative. Volunteers are asked to assist in planting milkweed seeds at Dublin Park on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. They will plant a section near Soccer Field 7 and 6. Those interested in helping are asked to wear comfortable clothing, a mask, and to bring a small garden tool for planting seeds. Social distancing will be practiced.

Monarchs, which are Alabama’s state insect, made headline news when the number of monarch butterflies hibernating in Mexico plunged to its lowest level ever. In early 2014, monarch butterflies were found in only 1.7 acres — compared to a high of 45 acres in 1996.

The reason is because milkweed plants are disappearing all across the U.S. Milkweed is the monarch butterfly’s only source of substance.

For more information about this initiative, check out: www.saveourmonarchs.org/monarch-story.html.

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