PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Rotary Club of the Plainfields is seeking volunteers to help build a butterfly garden — a project to benefit the environment — at the Drake House. Butterflies are pollinators, and feed on the nectar of flowers.

According to, over the past two decades, surveys of the two major populations of monarch butterflies in North America have documented steep declines, with numbers dropping to levels that threaten extinction. Habitat loss can be attributed to a decline in milkweed that sustains caterpillars and plants that supply nectar to migrating adults, pesticide use, drought, fires and other issues related to climate change.

Want to lend a hand? Stop by the Drake House, located at 602 West Front Street, on Saturday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. Bring garden gloves, shovels and tools for planting.

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