Nationally, mainly because of a loss of habitat and changing weather patterns, the North American population of monarch butterflies has declined by as much as 90 percent. Not only are monarchs an iconic presence in the summer, they also are a key pollinator of fruits, nuts and vegetables and valuable members of the state’s agricultural economy.
In partnership with Triangle-based chemical company BASF, NC State crop and soil sciences professor emeritus Harold Coble and a corps of volunteers planted some 750 milkweed plants and wildflowers in low-traffic areas of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course to become a habitat for the distinctive orange and black butterflies.
Monarchs thrive around common and butterfly milkweed for summer forage and as a larval feeding site. Both were planted, along with a mixture of wildflowers, by a band of dozens of volunteers that included administrators, students, alumni and BASF employees, among the native grasses that make LPGC a sustainability success story.
Read more about the project as told by The News and Observer.