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Locals Respond To Monarch Milk Plant Plea

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

A few weeks ago we told you about the migration of the monarch butterfly and how the recent drought and wildfires in Texas have brought the numbers of butterflies down to historic lows.

Since that story, locals have responded in a big way including Texas A&M University.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Garden sits on the roof of the George P. Mitchell Physics Building, and it's now home to 180 freshly planted milkweeds.

The plants are the monarch's breeding grounds and over the past few years the plant has been decimated by drought bringing the number of monarch butterflies migrating from Canada to Mexico to historic lows.

With spring upon us, the monarchs are days away from migrating back to Canada and will have a bountiful pit stop here in the Brazos Valley.

At the Producers Coop, nearly 400 milkweed plants have been sold and more are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

It's a welcome site to monarch enthusiast Dr. Craig Wilson with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"People can still plant because the monarchs, with this cold spell, they haven't made it up here fully. They'll be passing through over the next month. And if they plant it after the next month period, the butterflies will use it when they come back in the fall," said Wilson.

"We love it, it's very popular. Students study out here, it's really a wonderful place," said Edward Fry, a distinguished professor of physics at Texas A&M.

If you'd like to get a first hand look at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Garden and perhaps see some monarchs, you can visit the garden during normal operating hours at the Physics building. You can also check out the Physics Festival on Saturday, April 6. It will take place in the gardens and that event is free to the public.


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