The Butterfly Garden
At the Chickasaw Cultural Center we are on a mission to save the Monarch butterfly!
According to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the Monarch population has significantly declined in the past 20 years. In that time, over 900 million Monarchs have vanished.
The recent decline in monarch butterflies is due to a decrease in milkweed, the sole food source and home for Monarch caterpillars.
In an effort to restore the Monarch population, the Chickasaw Cultural Center has created a Butterfly Garden filled with milkweed and other pollinator plants. Pollinator plants furnish nectar to refuel the Monarch for its long journey to Mexico.
Each fall, Monarch butterflies migrate from northern United States and Canada to Mexico. During the Monarch’s migration, the butterflies must stop along the way to eat and rest. They need to have enough fat reserves in order to reach Mexico and survive winter. Once spring arrives, the butterflies will return to southern United States and start their journey again to northern United States and Canada.
At the Chickasaw Cultural Center we are located in the prime flight path for the Monarch butterflies, as well as other butterfly breeds.
Below is a photo of a monarch caterpillar, taken at the Monarch Butterfly Watch in mid-September. These caterpillars can be seen all-over the Butterfly Garden feeding on milkweed plants.
Eventually, these caterpillars will become adult Monarchs and make their way to Mexico!
If you are planning a visit to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, I encourage you to experience the Butterfly Garden and learn more about these beautiful creatures!
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Anowa chipisala' cho!
(Until I see you again!)