PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Just on the edge of a peaceful prairie, is the royal treatment at this year’s monarch butterfly festival.
For years the butterflies served as a centerpiece for this festival. On Sunday they also served as a lesson in ecology. Their annual 3,000-mile trek from Mexico in the spring to the Chicago area in the summer is in danger, as herbicides take a toll on milkweed, on which monarchs lay their eggs.
The festival in Palos Heights, Ill., is one of a few in the country that celebrate the monarch, as they reach down and touch the younger generation.