It’s here! It’s there!
There’s something missing, and it’s all wrong.
Not only are the butterflies slipping away, but the moths and bees as well. Ah, where is the monarch? I searched for it when I was a kid. The reigning ruler of the sky, we all love to look at the monarch butterfly as it flies. But the loss of their habitats has meant 90% of monarch butterflies have been lost.
And just like the monarch, many other animals are losing their habitats. As normal everyday citizens, there is little we can actively do for tigers, and other large animals. But what can we do for pollinators?
There is a lot.
Working with specialized programs like Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), we can build habitats for them.
Some foods we eat come from natural seeds. Pollinators — which are bats, birds, butterflies and bees — leave us these glorious dreams, fertilizing the plants by allowing them to lay their seeds. These functions help the plants give Detroit a lively look, and not a wad of weeds. The pollinators even provide the daily coffee from which many of us feed. Most of the flowering plants in the world depend on pollinators to function.
If we were to put habitats around Detroit, imagine the glory we could bring. Imagine:
You are sitting as the wind blows by gracefully, the cooling breeze is flowing as your eyes catch a glimpse of the gorgeous orange that passes by. With the black and white on the wings, paired with the smell of fresh air, you sit there watching beautiful butterflies …
We can put habitats in our schools, parks near our homes, in our backyards, and other floral and grassy areas.
If you join me, together we can say: It’s here, it’s here, and it’s staying here.
Isiah Chambers is a Detroit high school student.
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