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Bella Forslund, Elaina Lundquist earn Silver Award

Bella Forslund and Elaina Lundquist from Cadette Troop 5081 in Chocolay Township have been awarded the Silver Award for their project. These Girl Scouts wanted to create a sanctuary for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds as well as educate the community on why they are so important to the ecosystem. With assistance from the Marquette County Conservation District and Chocolay Township Public Works, and their fellow troop members, parents and leaders these cadettes converted four corner planters into native perennial pollinator gardens. They removed all the old plants from the four gardens and then researched and planted native perennials. The Girl Scouts created a pamphlet for the township office and did a presentation to the township board. The gardens are located at the intersection of U.S. 41 and M-28 in Harvey. The gardens were successful this year. Caterpillars were drawn to the gardens and the community was able to witness many chrysalises and a newly hatched monarch butterfly take flight.