- Associated Press - Sunday, February 26, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Monarchs on a Mission project aims to teach Nebraska children about the importance of monarch butterflies and milkweed.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting children to color monarchs of their own. The colored monarchs will be collected and used in an exhibit at the Nebraska Capitol this summer during Pollinator Week.

Pesticide and herbicide use, deforestation of their wintering grounds in Mexico and loss of milkweed in the United States are being blamed for the decline of monarch butterflies.

Schools, scout troops and other organizations dedicated to educating children about monarchs are invited to request Monarchs on a Mission educator packets. They include lesson plans, up to 30 paper monarchs to be colored and return envelopes. Go online at https://bit.ly/2lJX79g to request a packet.

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