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COMMUNITY VOICES | Monarchs reign over Lake Nokomis celebration
Hundreds of children and dozens of Monarch butterflies fluttered through the late summer haze at the Lake Nokomis Naturescape during the fifth annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival, sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association.
The festival, a celebration of American and Mexican cultures, brought attention to the annual migration of Monarch butterflies from North America to overwintering areas in Mexico. Loss of fragile butterfly habitat on both sides of the border has made the journey more perilous for Monarch butterflies.
The University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab in conjunction with Monarch Waystation Program, located on the edge of Lake Nokomis, tagged and released recently hatched Monarchs with tiny polypropylene stickers (the tags attach to a butterfly's wings with a special 3M© adhesive).
Conservation groups, food vendors, musicians and art organizations entertained and educated over 9,000 participants in support of mutual friendship and awareness of butterfly habitat preservation.
© 2013 Zan Tomko