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Butterfly garden gets boost from Badgerland Girl Scouts
Region 3, October 9, 2009
Girl Scout Take Action Creating New Habitat for Butterflies. Photo: DeDe Martin, 2009.
Girl Scout Take Action Creating New Habitat for Butterflies. Photo: DeDe Martin, 2009. - Photo Credit: n/a
Girl Scouts check out Coaster Brook Trout fingerlings on a tour of the hatchery. Photo: DeDe Martin, 2009.
Girl Scouts check out Coaster Brook Trout fingerlings on a tour of the hatchery. Photo: DeDe Martin, 2009. - Photo Credit: n/a

In October, Junior Girl Scout Troop 4069 of the Badgerland Council traveled to the Genoa National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin as part of their Agent of Change Leadership Journey. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience aims to engage girls in discovering self, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. What better place to start than Genoa?

Scouts visited with biologist Jenny Bailey about how the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service helps make the world a better place by conserving sport and recreational fisheries and recovering threatened and endangered fish and mussel populations. Scouts learned about ways that they can help with wildlife conservation by volunteering to help create habitat for wildlife and by learning about careers in conservation.

After a tour of the programs and facilities, the scouts went outside for a conservation experience working in the Children’s Butterfly Garden. After weeding, raking, and mulching, the Scouts planted Big Bluestem prairie grass to provide habitat, food, and a windbreak for pollinators, Showy Goldenrod for pollinating opportunities, and Joe Pye Weed for nectar production. This boosted the Garden’s habitat quality and volume, and helped make the world be a better place for people and pollinators.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov