- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking the public’s help in tracking new and existing habitat for monarch butterflies.

The commission wants people who plant milkweed to record the information on Monarch Tracker, which is available on the Game and Parks website. That will help the department identify areas where milkweed and other pollinator-friendly flora can be planted, restored or enhanced in the next several years.

Monarch populations are declining, and experts say that’s mostly because of loss of milkweed and habitat. The monarch’s caterpillar stage feeds only on milkweed plants. As adults they feed on a variety of flowering plants.

Go online at OutdoorNebraska.gov/MilkweedTracker for information about the Milkweed Tracker, to enter planted habitat or to find information about what to plant.

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