- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Mackinac Island, a place known for fudge and horses, is trying to help the struggling monarch butterfly.

Thousands of milkweed seeds have been planted at the end of the island’s airport runway. The goal is to grow milkweed plants, which monarch butterflies use to lay eggs.

The Detroit Free Press and The Grand Rapids Press say monarchs migrate thousands of miles between Mexico and Canada and the United States. Milkweed is an important source of food for butterfly larvae.

Natural historian Jeff Dykehouse says he’s seen clouds of monarchs flying south through the Straits of Mackinac at the tip of the Lower Peninsula.

Phil Porter of Mackinac State Historic Parks says monarchs play an important role in pollinating plants.

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