Planting milkweed in a garden can help save the Monarch Butterfly

It's hard to imagine, but one of our most beautiful symbols of summer, could be disappearing.

We've been telling you about the dramatic decline in the honeybee population and the serious effect it could have on our food supply.

But now something else may be endangered. In today's FOXe Report, Sherry Margolis shows what's happening to the Monarch Butterfly.

They're one of our most beautiful and delicate creatures. Their wings fluttering through the summer sky have inspired artists and poets.

But now there's a very real concern that some of these beautiful creatures could actually disappear altogether.
In fact, the Monarch Butterfly may soon be classified, as an endangered species.

The Monarch Butterflies that we see in Michigan actually migrate down to Mexico, where they spend the winter.

Then they start their northward migration back to the U.S. and Canada in the spring. It's a dangerous journey that takes six generations of monarchs to complete.

But something else is to blame for the drop in population. Something very simple, a decline in milkweed which the monarch *needs* for food and for breeding. Some experts also blame the use of herbicides.

Now, there's an effort to restore the monarch population, by planting milkweed, in gardens across the country.

Cub scouts from Mount Clemens are doing their part adding milkweed to a garden in Harrison Township.

The boys have already seen results and that's proof that working together is the only way, to make a difference.

The scouts hope you'll follow their lead and plant milkweed in your own garden to help save the monarch from extinction.

It is easy to do; the organization "Monarch Watch" has tips for you at monarchwatch.org

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