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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Artist creates sculptures to complement butterfly garden

By: Isabel Braverman | Democrat
The pollinator sculpture created by artist Todd Lantz is at the Barbara Yeaman Eagle Observation Area on Route 97 near Barryville.
BARRYVILLE - The monarch butterfly population has declined by more than 90 percent since the 1990s. Every year, the monarch makes its journey to warmer weather, as it migrates from the Northeast down to Florida or Mexico.
The main reason for the decline in the monarch population is global warming, according to the National Wildlife Federation. Climate change alters the timing of migration and rainfall patterns in their forest habitat. They're also facing forest fragmentation and habitat loss in the United States and Mexico. In addition, pesticides kill milkweed, which the monarchs rely on for survival.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is currently reviewing their status.
There are things that people can do to help the monarch. One thing is to plant a pollinator garden, which has plants that the monarch feeds on such as milkweed and native nectar-rich plants like goldenrod, purple coneflower and more.
Artist Todd Lantz created a large flower sculpture to be installed at a pollinator garden. There are already three up at the Barbara Yeaman Eagle Observation Area on Route 97, the Barryville Circle Park, and the Lumberland Fire Department. This came about when Lantz's son's 4H group put in a garden in Barryville.
The sculpture installations are made out of a wood and clay mold and cast in a cement compound. They are colorful large flowers. While the garden is there to attract butterflies, the sculpture is to attract humans. Lantz hopes that this project will raise awareness about the plight of monarch butterflies.
He hopes to put them in more locations around Sullivan County, and even down in Florida. “It's a way for people to show pride in their community, and provide an identity for Sullivan County as a place that's working to help the pollinators,” Lantz said.

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