A butterfly nursery is currently being established in a small courtyard in the Swift Building on campus, where monarch butterflies will be raised and released into the wild. The nursery will help to bolster the dwindling monarch population which has suffered in recent years due changes in its environment and food supply, including territory in Mexico where the entire monarch population migrates for winter.
The nursery will contain beds planted with milkweed, wildflowers, and other plants necessary for the monarchs to thrive. Larva will be brought to campus in August, and will be cared for, along with the rest of the nursery, by students, providing real-world learning opportunities. Wildlife students will have the opportunity to learn from the butterflies, as well as learning the logistics, and daily operations of a project which deals with a potentially endangered species.
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