WVSU 4-H Celebrates World Butterfly Day with Statewide Species Design Contest

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March 4, 2022
WVSU 4-H Celebrates World Butterfly Day with Statewide Species Design Contest
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) 4-H is currently holding a World Butterfly Day Species Design Contest, open to youths aged 5-18 statewide.
“The contest was created in honor of World Butterfly Day, which is March 14,” explained WVSU 4-H Extension Agent Tiffany Ward. “West Virginia’s state butterfly, the monarch, has declined in population over the years due to the elimination of its host plant, milkweed. This contest is a creative way to encourage participants to learn about different types of butterflies and the importance of pollinators.”
More than 1,200 youths have entered the competition, so far, to research butterflies and design their own species. The contest closes on March 10, with the entries being judged by WVSU, the National Park Service and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

To enter, adult educators or group leaders can sign up at https://bit.ly/worldbutterflyday. The winning individual will receive a butterfly kit with binoculars, a port-a-bug enclosure and a butterfly bandana while their classroom or youth group will receive books, field guides, puppets and a magnetic life cycle.
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