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Making milkweed seed balls to help monarch butterflies

Mar 13, 2016

Janette Lewis-Cridland, from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, taught children how to make milkweed seed balls at a workshop Saturday at the Niagara Parks Commission Butterfly Conservatory. TONY RICCIUTO / NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW / POSTMEDIA NETWORK

They look like meatballs, but they are actually milkweed seed balls that are hosts for the monarch butterfly.

Children who attended an educational workshop held Saturday at the Niagara Parks Commission Butterfly Conservatory were given an opportunity to make their own seed balls and learn why they are so important for the monarch butterfly.

"One of the reasons why monarch butterflies have been in decline in recent years is because of habitat loss," said Janette Lewis-Cridland, who is with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. They manage the Monarch Teaching Network of Canada, which is a growing network of educators and nature enthusiasts.

Monarchs lay their eggs on the underside leaf of milkweed, one egg per leaf.

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