Over the past few decades, climate change, habitat destruction, and the use of harmful pesticides have greatly reduced monarch butterfly populations. As part of Interlochen’s ongoing institutional sustainability efforts, a Monarch Waystation was included in the design of the R. B. Annis Botanical Lab and Community Garden.
Waystations allow citizen-scientists and conservationists an opportunity to provide much-needed food and shelter for monarchs. At Interlochen’s R. B. Annis Botanical Lab and Community Garden, the Waystation also acts as a classroom for ecology and agricultural science courses.
Recently, St. John, Michigan resident Linda Fountain released over a dozen newly hatched monarch butterflies at the campus Monarch Waystation.
Visit monarchwatch.org to learn more about building your own Monarch Waystation.
Music: "Danse Bohème" Carmen Suite No.2 (Georges Bizet)