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City of Tulsa to install stopping place for monarch butterflies

The City of Tulsa will be opening its first monarch waystation at 1 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from the city. The waystation provides monarch butterflies with resources, such as milkweed and nectar, that are important to the butterflies' yearly migrations. (MGN)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- If monarch butterflies need to make a rest stop on their annual migration to and from Mexico, they can now do it in Tulsa.

The City of Tulsa will be opening its first monarch waystation at 1 p.m. Friday, according to a press release from the city. The waystation provides monarch butterflies with resources, such as milkweed and nectar, that are important to the butterflies' yearly migrations.

The station is located near 85th Street and South Lewis Avenue and is part of a "beautification and sidewalk project" on Lewis Avenue between 81st Street and 91st Street, according to the release. The city installed a sidewalk for the waystation in September.

Students from Oral Roberts University and the Riverfield Country Day School, as well as volunteers from Grogg's Green Barn, will help with the installation Friday.

“Our number one priority for the neighborhood was to install a much-needed sidewalk to make it safer for pedestrians," Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said in the release. “Through our resiliency efforts, groups across generations came together to make this more than a sidewalk project by creating a unique monarch waystation that could also serve as the practical connector for residents in the area.”

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