Milkweed Plots along the Lakewalk
In the Spring of 2018, Friends of the Lakewalk began planting milkweed along the Lakewalk. The project was initiated by Duluth Monarch Buddies working with the city of Duluth. Friends of the Lakewalk immediately signed on to participate, seeking volunteers from its membership. The Arrowhead Chapter of Wild Ones, a national native plant organization is also participating in the effort.
These milkweed and native plant gardens attempt to address the challenges facing the migrating monarch butterflies. The Monarch butterfly population has dropped significantly in the past 20 years, owing in part to habitat loss and the use of pesticides. The new milkweed plots along the Lakewalk, in conjunction with the Monarch “waystations” on the Lakewalk at 26th Ave E in the Lakeside business district are part of an effort throughout North America to help revive the species. It turns out the I-35 Corridor is a perfect monarch highway!
Now beginning its third year, this project has been wildly successful, producing many larvae (caterpillars) and butterflies.
If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact FotL at firstname.lastname@example.org. And each summer watch for these signs along the Lakewalk and at a few locations along Park Point, designating the monarch milkweed gardens.