Norman Transcript (Norman, OK)
February 18, 2022
A recent garden installation through a collaboration with the state and the city is the latest effort in a series of projects to make Norman more suitable for butterflies.
Every spring, Monarch butterflies embark on a migratory journey from Mexico through the central United States. Oklahoma, along with Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota make up a six state memorandum signed in 2016, which designated more than 1,500 miles of Interstate 35 as Monarch Highway.
In 2021, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation collaborated with the city and planted approximately 10 acres of wildflowers and native grasses on the west side of Interstate 35 and Highway 9 to protect butterflies and other pollinators.