LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Monarch butterflies have new habitats in Louisville.
The Louisville Zoo has partnered with Bellarmine University and the Seven Counties Services to plant pollinator habitats to support monarch conservation.
On Saturday, habitat was planted on the Bellarmine campus as part of the zoo’s monarch and milkweed pollinator habitat project.
According to a press release, the zoo has become a program partner of the North American monarch butterfly initiative AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction).
The habitat on the college campus is a monarch station at the Child and Family West Clinic.
The endangered monarch butterfly has seen its habitat decline by about 80% over the past 30 years.
“One of the best ways to help them is to plant native plant species, especially milkweed,” said Dr. Kate Bulinski, associate professor of environmental science at Bellarmine University. “Milkweed is a plant where caterpillars eat and monarch butterflies lay their eggs. So the more we can plant such plants, the healthier the monarch population will be.”
Bellarmine will also use the garden as an educational resource and to make the campus more friendly to pollinators.
A pollinator garden was planted at Seven Counties Services on West Broadway on October 8.
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