Students make seed balls in hopes of saving Iowa monarchs

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor

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  • The students met in the courtyard on April 21.

  • The group created balls with milkweed seeds in them.

  • The finished milkweed seed balls.

  • All of the seed balls will either be planted by the students or donated to RAGBRAI riders to be planted across the state.

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On a cool and cloudy day, a group of West students gathered in the courtyard to help save Iowa’s monarch butterflies. Haley Shook ’18 set up a space for the students to make small clay balls with milkweed plants seeds inside them, through a program called “Milkweed Matters.” 

Shook said that the end goal is “to not have monarch butterflies go extinct … [the milkweed allows them] to have food while they’re migrating.” 

The seed balls will either be distributed by the students or donated to RAGBRAI, a bicycle race across Iowa in July. The participants will stop every so often along the race to throw the seeds next to the road. 

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