The weather looks sunny and beautiful on Tuesday, July 17 and if you want to get outdoors, the Duluth Parks and Recreation department could use your help.

According to their press release, Duluth Monarch Buddies, Shoreview Natives and Friends of the Lakewalk will be planting milkweed to create a new monarch butterfly habitat and waystation along the Lakewalk Trail at 26th Avenue East July 17th during the following times: 9:00 a.m.. - Noon, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers are still needed for the 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. time slots.

The City states:

This planting site is part of a larger effort to increase habitat for monarch butterflies in Duluth. Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed and their caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves.  Pollinators such as butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, moths, and other
insects will benefit from these energy sources as well. Due to herbicide use in crops, changing farm practices, and urban growth, pollinator habitat has been drastically reduced. “Corridors” of plants are needed as an alternative resource for pollinator-friendly food. Multiple locations have been identified along the Lakewalk and in Hartley Park where milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants could be planted.

If you'd like to volunteer, simply follow the link below to register on the calendar.  All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.  All equipment and supplies will be provided.

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