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On October 4, Mayor Craig Thurmond, on behalf of the City, took the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. Broken Arrow now joins 190 other cities and organizations committed to preserving the monarch butterfly. The Parks Department will be planting monarch waystations at several of their facilities. These gardens will include milkweed, the sole food source for the monarch caterpillar, and flowering plants that will feed adult monarchs, as well as bees and other butterfly species. Milkweed is critical to the survival of the monarch caterpillar. Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed, and as caterpillars, exclusively eat the plant. Without milkweed, monarchs cannot complete their life cycle.
Citizens who are interested in setting up their own monarch waystations can pick up free milkweed seed at Ray Harral Nature Center (7101 South 3rd Street).
For more information about Broken Arrow's waystation program, please contact the Parks Department at (918) 455-8004.