KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The former site of a strip club is now home to a butterfly sanctuary.
On August 9, Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones teamed up with Monarch Watch and Downtown Tomorrow, Inc. to transform a 500 square foot space located at 1311 Portage St. into a feeding ground for butterflies. The plants donated by all three organizations are all Michigan native. Dave Wendling, president of Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones says the lone tree on the lot is a Bur Oak, a species which once covered Kalamazoo’s landscape before settlers moved in.
The new sanctuary, called "The Edison Neighborhood Monarch Haven," is meant to support Monarch butterflies which are in severe decline, as well as make the space more appealing to potential buyers. The site will be registered as a Monarch waystation, providing milkweeds, nectar and shelter for migrating butterflies.