A Cedar Crest Habitat Fit For King (Butterflies)

High school students create a butterfly habitat at Cedar Crest (WIBW/Doug Brown)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Butterflies got a boost from area teens and the state's first lady on Tuesday.

Shawnee Co. Master Gardeners invited high school students from the KU Math-Science Center to dig into a planting project at Cedar Crest. First Lady Mary Brownback dropped in to thank them for their efforts.

The group planted milkweed and other native nectar plants to provide a habitat for monarch butterflies.

The insects pass through Kansas on their migration from Canada to Mexico and theiir numbers have been declining over the past decade.

Chip Taylor, director of KU Monarch Watch, said other pollinating insects and ground-nesting birds will also benefit from the habitat.