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Butterflies Abound!

Region 3, June 4, 2014
A good time was had by all that participated in the sixth annual butterfly garden planting project.
A good time was had by all that participated in the sixth annual butterfly garden planting project. - Photo Credit: n/a
Chives and many other perenials like salvia and purple coneflower can be found blooming in the butterfly garden.
Chives and many other perenials like salvia and purple coneflower can be found blooming in the butterfly garden. - Photo Credit: n/a
Stepping stones were decorated with stamps, stones and shells by the Iron River Elementary 5th grade class.
Stepping stones were decorated with stamps, stones and shells by the Iron River Elementary 5th grade class. - Photo Credit: n/a

It seems like the new buzzword these days is "pollinator," and rightly so. They are an integral part of the world’s life cycle. Efforts to cultivate areas where pollinators can reproduce, feed and grow are in effect across the country. The Iron River National Fish Hatchery is also doing its part to provide safe harbor for pollinators.

Coming back for the sixth year is the Iron River Elementary School fifth grade class. This year’s efforts were put forth in rejuvenating the first garden made in 2009. In an effort to put more ownership into the project, the students would not only help plant the garden but they would also make their own stepping stone. Stones were decorated with an assortment of stamps, stones and shells.
Once the students smoothed out their concrete mixtures, it was time to plant. Students spent the remainder of the morning weeding the connecting gardens and re-planting flowers in the old one. After lunch, the students toured the hatchery and decorated their stepping stones.

With a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of teamwork, a very successful and rewarding project was accomplished. The students were able to learn about gardening and butterflies as well as gaining awareness of fish hatchery processes. Stay tuned for next year’s addition to the Iron River National Fish Hatchery’s butterfly garden with the new fifth grade class.

Contact Info: Carey Edwards, 715-372-8510, Carey_Edwards@fws.gov