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State parks working to preserve Monarch habitat

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Five Kentucky state parks have become certified "waystations" for Monarch butterflies and are working to protect their habitat.

The Parks Department says 10 other parks are in the process of getting certified or have planted milkweed plants that the butterflies need for survival.

The waystations certified by Monarch Watch, a group that works to protect the butterflies, are places where milkweeds are planted to provide food and a place for Monarchs to lay their eggs.

The parks that have been certified are Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Waveland State Historic Site, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site and John James Audubon State Park.

The park system also uses a children's menu that illustrates the life cycle of Monarchs, designed by the Garden Club of Kentucky.

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