Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Butterfly Garden Added at Cultural Center

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Butterfly Garden Added at Cultural Center

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SULPHUR - The Chickasaw Nation has created a butterfly garden populated with milkweed and has plans for an additional garden at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.

The Cultural Center is near Interstate 35 in the primary flight path for many monarchs. It is also the destination of many tourists.

Each year, monarch butterflies migrate from their summer gardens in the northern United States to Mexico and make the return trek to the northern United States again in the spring. During the monarch's migration, the butterflies must stop along the way to rest, eat and lay eggs. Chickasaw Country is located in a critical position along the migration path, which provides a chance to see the monarchs as they rest.

"The goal of the butterfly gardens is to significantly advance monarch butterfly conservation in south-central Oklahoma and allow visitors to south-central Oklahoma to experience the elaborate monarch migration," said Paige Williams, director of tourism for the Chickasaw Nation. …

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