Springdale Students Map Milkweed Plants To Monitor Monarch Butterflies

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- Students from Helen Tyson and J.O. Kelley Middle Schools helped the Springdale for Monarch Committee Tuesday (Nov. 1) create a detailed map of the milkweed plants planted along part of the Razorback Greenway.

The students used GPS equipment to map the locations of the 980 milkweed plants to help monitor the life cycles of monarch butterflies.

Milkweed is the only plant monarch caterpillars will eat, so without it the butterfly cannot survive. Monarch butterflies are already an endangered species in the U.S.

The Springdale Monarch Committee is part of a nationwide movement to restore the monarch by planting milkweed, which facilitates the butterflies' migration from Mexico to Canada and back.

Students who participated in the mapping activity are apart of the Environmental and Spatial Technology program, which allows students to come up with ways to improve their communities using technology.

The Springdale for Monarchs plan for planting milkweed on the Razorback Greenway was approved by the National Wildlife Federation as a restoration project which qualified it for a grant that covered the cost of the milkweed plants.