Tennesseans are being asked to help save monarch butterflies

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering residents a way to help save monarch butterflies.

According to the agency, monarch populations have declined more than 90 percent in just the past 20 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a status review under the Endangered Species Act.

The Save the Monarchs campaign will supply seeds for native wildflower gardens to any individual or group that wishes to plant them. Each seed packet covers about 15 feet with a mix of native, nectar-producing plants that includes milkweeds, the food source of monarch larvae. The seeds are from the Roundstone Native Seed Company.

Anyone interested in receiving seed packets should call the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Pandy English at 615-781-6643.

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