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monarch butterfly
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2018
Contact: Tina Buxton
Parks and Recreation Department
Milkweed Plant Giveaway at Saturday’s Farmers Market
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville’s Parks and Recreation Department Park horticulturists will be giving away 800 milkweed plants on the Square at the Town Center this Saturday, May 5, 7 a.m. to noon, to promote Fayetteville's commitment to the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. The plants are swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), which grow in average to moist soil and have beautiful pink flowers. Milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. The monarch lays its eggs on the milkweed and the young caterpillars eat the plant, pupate, and become butterflies. An information sheet will be provided with every plant.
As part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors' Monarch Pledge, Fayetteville and community partners have committed to creating habitats and educating residents on ways to make a difference to help save the monarch butterfly. Pollinators play a critical role in the food supply for wildlife and people. The monarch butterfly population has declined by approximately 90 percent since 1996 as a result of numerous threats. One third of the monarch’s summer breeding habitat has been destroyed due to overuse of herbicides by commercial agriculture and conventional gardening practices.
This is in conjunction with Imagine Tomorrow’s Parks, one of several of the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department public input sessions designed to gather feedback for an update to the city’s Parks Master Plan.  Parks staff will provide educational materials about existing city parks and surveys for public feedback from 8 a.m. to noon.
For more information about milkweed and monarch butterflies, visit the National Wildlife Foundation website.

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